The Ice Hockey Federation of Russia with the support of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and the Embassy of Russia in the Kingdom of Thailand organized the training process for a member of the Thailand Ice Hockey Association Aray Vatanapanyakul in Moscow.
In early 2018, a young athlete from Thailand wrote a letter to the Russian Embassy in Bangkok, in which he told about his dream of playing hockey with the Russian national team on an ice arena.
After reviewing Araya's portfolio and a list of his sporting achievements, the Russian Hockey Federation invited this aspiring hockey player to take part in the activities of the Junior Hockey League. The young man was included in the youth team of the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia and provided an opportunity to train together with the Russian sportsmen - participants of the Moscow Junior Open Hockey Championship.
Araya returned to Thailand full of impressions and aspirations to improve his professional skills. On the eve of New Year, the Russian Embassy received a letter from Arai Vatanapanyakul’s parents in which they thanked the Russian Ice Hockey Federation for organizing the unforgettable trip for their son.