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Faculty of Agriculture cultivates sporting prizes

Chiang Mai Bike Week rumbles to a start

Sawasdee Cricket comes to Doi Saket

National Sports Day celebrates the King’s 75th birthday

Lots of fun at the Lanna International School family bowling day

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiang Mai City walks and runs for World AIDS Day

The Square Ring

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Faculty of Agriculture cultivates sporting prizes

CMU Sports Day a success

Supatatt Dangkrueng

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 concerned.

The parade of students enters Chiang Mai University’s main stadium. The march had as its main theme the anti-drug campaign.

Students 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 Science.

Cheerleaders work hard to get the crowd involved during the competition.

Colorfully 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 organizations.

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 Bangkok.

Other activities and fun on the day at Chiang Mai Sport Complex include:

* 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.

Special 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 Cricket Alliance).


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

The 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

Nuttanee Thaveephol

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.

Get ... Set ... Go!

Running away from the morning sun after leaving Thapae Gate at daybreak.

Children 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 morning.

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 fired.

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?