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Chavalert Chumkum is a former world-class badminton player who represented Thailand from the early 1960s to the early 1970s. At a time when Thailand was known for its doubles specialists, Chumkum won more Thai national men's doubles titles than any other player of his era.[1] His Thomas Cup (men's international team) record is particularly noteworthy. Participating in the '60-'61, '63-'64, and '69-'70 campaigns (Thailand declined to compete in '66-'67), Chumkum won 19 of the 23 doubles matches that he contested in ties (team matches) against Indonesia, Denmark, Malaysia, Japan, and India among other nations.[2][3] He captured the men's doubles title at the 1965 Asian Badminton Championships with Narong Bhornchima.[4] Touring internationally in 1968 he shared the Dutch Open and the Canadian Open men's doubles titles,[5] and reached the All-England men's doubles semifinal, with Sangob Rattanusorn.

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  1. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1971) 304.
  2. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1967 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1967) 79-87.
  3. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1971 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1971) 24, 25.
  4. ^ Scheele, 1971 ed., 325.
  5. ^ Scheele, 1971 ed., 137, 246.