Faculty of Agriculture cultivates sporting prizes
CMU Sports Day a success
Chiang Mai University’s annual sports day on Saturday,
November 27 at the main stadium saw some great performances from the 17
faculties involved. The athletic performances were equaled by the
eye-catching cheerleader contests as far as a spectator sports activity was
parade of students enters Chiang Mai University’s main stadium. The march
had as its main theme the anti-drug campaign.
dressed in their team’s colors brightened up the stadium.
The Faculty of Agriculture won the highest athletic
scores for the men’s events, women’s events and overall total, with the
Faculty of Education coming second.
The cheerleaders’ events were aimed to campaign for the
University League and the Anti-Drug campaigns. The winner of the ground
section was the Faculty of Science, followed by the Faculty of Medicine with
third place going to the Faculty of Engineering.
For the cheerleader competition the first place belonged
to the Faculty of Nursing, followed by the Faculties of Humanities and
work hard to get the crowd involved during the competition.
dressed students in the stands cheer in unison, showing their faculty’s
power, unity and spirit on CMU sports day.
This year the sports day was deemed to be a success judging by the
increasing numbers of participants, as over one thousand people gathered in
the main stadium. This was considered to be a great lead-up to the
preparation for the University League challenge next year.
Chiang Mai Bike Week rumbles to a start
Revised Schedule, December 6 - 9
The Chiang Mai Bike week is on again and main sponsor BMW
Motorcycle Thailand are already saying that this event should top last
year’s. It rumbled to a start on Friday, December 6, when big bike bikers
arrived from all over Asia and paraded through Chiang Mai. At the time of
going to press, organizers were predicting a turnout of 600 - 800 bikes.
Chiang Mai Bike week is a travel and tourism based
activity for members of large motorcycle clubs, both within and outside of
Thailand. Proceeds from the project will be added to the funds of the Region
5 Provincial Police Anti Drug Campaign, as well as help other charity
The revised schedule for the big event is listed below:
Today, Saturday, December 7, is the main day. The 9.30
a.m. grand opening features a BMW Motorcycle show at Chiang Mai Sport
Complex and the preparation for a parade to honor the 75th Birthday of His
Majesty the King of Thailand. Registration for the Rally ‘Poker Run’
will also be held at Chiang Mai Sports Complex.
10.30 a.m. - Poker Run starts with motorcycle parades to
various tourist attractions in the province as well as a visit to different
projects around Chiang Mai.
12.00 noon - Lunch at Samaeng School and donation of
computers to students.
2.30 p.m. - Stuntman Show, sponsored by BMW, featuring
Jean Pierre Boy, who performed the stunt in the last James Bond movie
“Tomorrow Never Dies” by ‘flying’ on a bike over the roofs of
Other activities and fun on the day at Chiang Mai Sport
* Hot dog (banana) eating while driving contest
* Exhibition of motorcycles from the sponsors plus from
the various participating clubs.
6.00 p.m. - Official party & charity banquet starts.
Also, election of Miss Chiang-Mai Bike Week 2002.
9:00 p.m. - late - Ad & Lek Carabao in concert with
the whole ‘Carabao family’.
Sunday, December 8
09.00 a.m. - Shopping and travel to various tourist
attractions in the provinces.
7.00 p.m. - Farewell party for all at Cha Cha Pub &
Restaurant near Navarath Bridge.
Monday, December 9
09.00 a.m. - Parade of bikes through various provinces on the way home.
Sawasdee Cricket comes to Doi Saket
Story and picture by Peter Dawson
The Doi Saket district office of the Department of
Primary Education held a three-day seminar November 28 - 30 for Sawasdee
Cricket at Choin Pratharn Pha Taik School. Sports teachers from all twenty
schools in that district attended.
guests taught teachers from all twenty schools in Doi Saket District how to
teach children to play Sawasdee Cricket. The event took place at Choin
Pratharn Pha Taik School.
The director of Choin Pratharn Pha Taik School welcomed
all the teachers and special guests to the seminar. Special guests were K.
Sakont, president of Chiang Mai Sports Association and K. Somboon,
co-chairperson of the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance. Thailand Junior
Cricket Development sponsored the seminar.
Brian Wiggins, an Australian who coaches cricket in
Bangkok and is a grade 3 international cricket coach, with his assistant K.
Tuk instructed the sports teachers on the game. Afterward, children from
Sahagon 2 School played a demonstration game of Sawasdee cricket. This
helped the teachers in their understanding of the game.
The teachers then participated in a game themselves
learning the complexities and new skills that are required for the game.
At the end of the seminar each school was given a
complete set of cricket equipment so that they can start playing the game
immediately. Each sports teacher was also given a teacher’s manual to help
them learn how to coach the game.
Each student that plays the game is also given a special
booklet about the game. These are of course in Thai and written so that they
are easy to understand.
Sawasdee Cricket is played in many schools in Chiang Mai and the district
and is gaining popularity very quickly. Regular Sawasdee Cricket
inter-school tournaments are conducted by the CMSCA (Chiang Mai Schools
National Sports Day celebrates the King’s 75th birthday
Local residents participated in the National Sports Day
held at the Chiang Mai 700th Year Anniversary Stadium on December 4 to
commemorate His Majesty the King’s gold medal, which he won against all
comers in the O.K. class in 4th Lam Thong Games.
The National Sports Day was organized at football pitch
#2 at the 700th Anniversary Stadium, with the kick off at 3 p.m. The matches
included those between the Chiang Mai Mass Media team and the team from the
Chiang Mai government sector. Chiang Mai governor, Pisit Khetphasook
presided over the opening ceremony.
Lots of fun at the Lanna International School family bowling day
Lanna International School just had a family bowling event at Chiang Mai
Bowl. As seen, Nong Pratana, nicknamed ‘C’, is being eaten by one of the
creatures the second grade recently learned about, namely a dinosaur. Rest
assured that all participants survived, and enjoyed a wonderful fun-day.
Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”
CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked
up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks
(hence: on 18-11, 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13 01 2003). Pick up can be
arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the
H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged
from Fish and Chips shop as well.
CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub
every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.
BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month
on the last Sunday of the month.
We also have two so-called outstations coming up: A male
hash outstation to Bangkok on 7, 8, 9 December and a mixed outstation to
Chiang Dao on 14 & 15 December. All information either from Fish and
Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
Chiang Mai City walks and runs for World AIDS Day
A mini-marathon was held in Chiang Mai to mark World AIDS
Day (December 1). Arranged by Chiang Mai Municipality, the Public Health
Center, the private sector and the HIV Network, the event was well attended,
with many contestants still attempting to sign up as the time approached for
the starter’s signal.
Set ... Go!
away from the morning sun after leaving Thapae Gate at daybreak.
are more vigorous?
The mini marathon runners started from Thapae Gate, going
along the moat side, turning into Wua Lai Road, and passing Suan Dok and the
Chang Puek Gate then finishing back at the Thapae Gate again just as the
Sunday Bicycle Club was starting their ride up Doi Suthep Mountain that
There were also many other activities held at the Thapae Gate and along
Thapae Road such as an HIV/AIDS exhibition and small booths, the parade and
the opening ceremony of the World AIDS Day on Walking Street, and the stage
performances performed by members of the HIV networks and other
organizations in Chiang Mai.
Hundreds of athletes at
the starting gate - ready and waiting for the starter’s pistol to be
The fleet of foot
proceed alongside the moat on a beautiful Chiang Mai morning.
The Square Ring
by Howie Reed
Truth in Boxing, not an oxymoron. OK here’s the deal. I
will admit that by reading this column you are NOT going to find out the
results of the Yodsanan Nanthachai ( now 37-2-1) and Lamont Pearson (19-2-1)
which was contested yesterday as part of the Celebration of the 75th
Anniversary of the Birth of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great,
the longest reigning monarch in the world today. Sorry but it’s not going
to happen. It was on TV live, and if you wanted to know who won you would
have watched. Staying on the bright side there were fights held yesterday in
Levallois, France, Tokyo, Grand Rapids Michigan, The Hollywood Park Race
Track and Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Guess what? You won’t find those
results either. Life’s not always easy.
But you will find out that when I wrote two weeks ago
that WBC flyweight champ Pongsaklek Kratindaeng-gym Wonjongkam (46-2, 25
KO’s) would have no problem defeating Hidenoby Honda (25-2,13KO’s) in
Osaka I was right again. He won a unanimous decision (119-109, 115-113,
116-112) with most in attendance leaning more towards the 119-109. As I
wrote then, “Honda has no power.” He didn’t. Case closed. Would love
to see Wonjonglam in against either Irene Pacheco (IBF Champ) or Eric Morel
(WBA Champ). He would beat Pacheco easy. The toughie from Madison Wisconsin,
Morel, might be a different story. If they fought at a neutral sight, like
Pattaya, I’d take the Thai.
Couple of firsts will be recorded by the time that Square
Ring is put to bed for another week. Neither of my fans may believe this but
I made a mistake. (“Stupid farang”). When writing about David Tua (who
won in a walk last week and moved his record to 42-3) I wrote that if he
beat Hashim Rahman (35-4) on March 1 he would fight the winner of Evandler
Holyfield-Chris Byrd. So far I’m correct. The problem is that I identified
Holyfield-Byrd as taking place on March 1. Not true. Silly old Geezer.
Holyfield (38-5)-Byrd (35-2) fight on December 14th with WBA Heavyweight
Champ John Ruiz (38-4) fighting Roy Jones jr. (47-1) on March 1 in Las
Vegas. Sorry about that.
For the first time in memory next year will see the shake
out of the heavyweight division and some semblance of order may be restored.
(That would be real memory not Thailand Memory. Thailand Memory? “I did
WHAT last night?”) Trying to remember all the champions and the phony
ranking organization is too much work for too little reward. But that’s
why I get the big bahts. Don King has been blamed for many of boxing ills
(he has lots of help) but now it’s one of those times to give him credit
for the facelift that the division’s going to receive. How’d he do it?
Start with money. First he persuaded “The Imperial One” Lennox Lewis
(40-2) that he didn’t want to hold on to the IBF Title. “Champ I’ll
give you one million dollars to dump that belt” “Nope.” “OK I’ll
give you one and a half million, make you the TV commentator for Byrd-Holyfield
(December 14 for the IBF Crown) and March 1 (Ruiz-Jones for the WBA
title).” Done deal.
In addition he convinced all of the top heavyweights that
it was in their best interest to fight each other. “Best interest”
equates to “Money”. The entire heavyweight tournament was King’s
“brainchild”. When does this all begin? Sunday morning Thailand time
when WBO Champ Wladimir Klitschko (39-1) puts his title on the line against
Jameel McCline (28-2) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. What King has done is
include Lewis, the Brothers Klitschko, Tua and Holyfield in the mix.
You might wonder about this guy McCline. He, like all
heavies today, fought and beat the usual suspects. He became the darling of
the press when he took out Michael Grant (31-1)with one punch in July last
year. The 43 second stoppage in retrospect wasn’t really all that great.
Since then it has been revealed that Grant broke his ankle and that his jaw
is as fragile as an old man’s ego. It will be a good showcase for
Klitschko who was last seen taking old man Ray Mercer to the woodshed. That
aside, the champ has really not done anything to distinguish himself.
Klitschko won the title from Chris Byrd. Byrd won the
title from the champ from Vladimir Klitschko, who quit on his stool while
leading the fight. Now Vlad has been rehabilitated after beating a “no
one” Larry Donald and will face Lennox Lewis probably in April.
Sunday morning on the undercard is Kirk Johnson. When
last seen he was putting forward a lousy effort against John Ruiz. His
effort in whining about the disqualification was much better than his
performance in the ring so he gets a chance at another payday. Johnson
fights someone that if he makes it to the ring on his own will have won a
battle. How about them apples?