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Thailand grabs another ice sculpture grand prize

Three professional ice sculptors from Thailand won the grand prize at this year's International Snow Sculpture contest in Sapporo, Japan, with this magnificent pair of fighting cocks.

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Thailand has again won the grand prize at the annual International Snow Sculpture contest in Sapporo, Japan, this time with a magnificent pair of Thai fighting cocks.

The annual Sapporo Snow Festival and the 69th International Snow Sculpture competition finished on Thursday, ending with the announcement of the grand prize, which went to Thailand, and the top four winning teams - Macau, the United States, Finland and Daejeon Metropolitan City (South Korea).

Other teams participating in this year's competition were from Australia, Hawaii, Indonesia, Poland, the USA, China and Singapore. 

Kitsana Kaewtumrong, PR director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said the Thai team comprised three professional ice sculptors - Kusol Boonkobsongserm from Shangri-La hotel, Amnuay Srisook from Grand Hyatt Erawan and Krisana Wongthes, a freelancer.

"This year, they created models of 'Kai Chon' or fighting cocks. The achievement will boost the reputation and presence of Thailand and of Thai tourism throughout the globe," Mr Kitsana said.

More than 2 million tourists from around the world visited the snow festival. TAT hoped this event would help Japanese people and tourists from other countries become more aware of Thailand.

TAT has sponsored the Thailand team at the snow festival for 21 years. This years' grand prize is Thailand's fifth, after wins in 2000, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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