'Shocking' display by Swiss women
"Mi casa es su casa" is what Thai volunteers have been telling the foreign medal-chasers at the Universiade Bangkok. But this invitation to "feel at home" does not necessarily mean that the visitors can get away with anything and everything.
Published on August 11, 2007
Woraporn Vijitkamjorn and Orawalee Assawapanichakul, working as liaison officers during the University Games, could not believe their eyes when some members of the Swiss women's soccer team decided to change their shirts right there on the pitch. Apparently the girls were suffering from the cruel Bangkok heat and desperately needed to get into dry clothes.
So, embarrassed and uncomfortable, the two volunteers had no choice but to whisper to the team's manager, asking him to tell his girls to be a bit more prudent.
"I told him that in Thailand, women don't take their shirts off on a soccer pitch,'' one of the volunteers explained.
"We understand that the Swiss team trains really hard. But they've not just come here to compete, they need to also learn the Thai culture. So I've given them some pointers."