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33rd National Games open spectacularly

Remaining Chiang Mai Games Schedule Dec 21-24

Paradorn victorious in the Chiang Mai Super Tour

Chang Puek Team crowned overall winners of mini marathon

31st University Games get slogan, logo and mascot

Charity Mini Marathon and Bike Rally December 22

Chiang Mai can host Asian Games 2010, says PM

A look through the lens at the opening ceremony of the 33rd National Games (Nakhon Chiang Mai Games) in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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33rd National Games open spectacularly

Flames and Flowers set the scene

Nuttanee Thaveephol

Being the host of the 33rd National Games (Nakhon Chiang Mai Games), Chiang Mai put on a grand opening for the ages, which impressed all who came to join the celebration at the 700 Years Anniversary Sport Complex on December 13.

The lighting of the ceremonial torch sparked a fantastic light and sound show.

The opening ceremony started with a flower parade to welcome Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, combined with folk dancing from the many local communities represented.

This was followed by a Bai Sri blessing, and to show the fertility of the Lanna region, petals rained down from the sky.

The second part of the official opening program was the welcome to all the athletes, representing 76 provinces and the presentation of the anti-smoking campaign before the ceremonial flame was lit. This was done by carrying the ceremonial torch up the stage in the middle of the athletics field before being lifted up to light a giant lantern floating above the stadium. After the lantern was lit, explosions began as fireworks hurled towards the giant flame, signifying that the games were really open.

One of the main highlights was the light and sound presentation covering the legend of Lanna, starting from the 3 Kings era to current day Chiang Mai, a city ready to host the 33rd National Games, this year called the “Nakhon Chiang Mai Games”.

Cultural performances combined with sport during the opening ceremonies.

Thousands of people packed the stands during the grand opening ceremony of the 33rd National Games.

Thailand’s National Games were started by the Sports Promotion Organization of Thailand (now called the Sports Authority of Thailand), which held the first Inter-Provincial Games in 1967. The name was later changed to the Regional Games. The name, “National Games” began at the 17th competition at Phitsanulok Province and these are now held once every two years.

Remaining Chiang Mai Games Schedule Dec 21-24

Sports Stadium Date

21 22 23 24

3. Basketball Gym 3, 700 yrs. Stadium B 0830

5. Bowling U-FO Bowling A 0900 B 0900

6. Boxing Chiang Mai Physical Educati A 1400 B 1400

7. Bicycle

- Street Riding Chiang Mai-Phrao Road B 0800

- Track Events Velo Drome, 700 yrs. Stadi B 1500 B 1600

11. Football 700 years Stadium A 1500 B 1600

Chaing Mai University

13. Gymnastic Gym 2, 700 yrs. Stadium B 0900 B 0900 B 0900

14. Handball Gym 1, Chiang Mai Universi A 1030 A 1030 A 1000 B 1000

17. Karatedo Gym 2, Chiang Mai Universi B 1000 B 1030 B 1030

18. Lawn Tennis 700 years Stadium A 0830 A 0830 B 0830 B 0830

19. Rowing

- Traditional Boat Huay Tueng Tao Park B 0800 B 0800

- Canoe Huay Tueng Tao Park B 1000

- Kayak Huay Tueng Tao Park B 1000

- 15 players Prince Royal College/Munici A 1500 B 1630

- 7 players Prince Royal College B 1630

21. Thai Boxing Gym 3, Municipal Stadium A 1400 B 1400

23. Shooting 700 years Stadium B 0900 B 0900

24. Shooting B 0900

Flying Target

25. Snooker Godzilla Snooker (Maneenopparat Rd.)

- Billiot B 1000 A 1000 B 1000

27. Table Tennis Saraphee Wittayakom Scho B 0900

29. Tratraw - Sepak Tra Gym 1, 700 year Stadium A 0900 B 0900

- Loop Trakraw Rajabhat Institue of Chiang B 1300

31. Volleyball Mae Jo University A 0800 A 0800 A 0900 B 0900

- Beach Volleyball 700 years Stadium A 0800 A 1400 A 1500 B 0830

Closing Ceremony 700 years Stadium 1930


A-Regular Competition

B-Final Round

Paradorn victorious in the Chiang Mai Super Tour

Metinee Chaikuna

Thailand’s latest sporting hero, world ranked tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan was victorious in a special tennis tournament that took place at the 700th Year Anniversary Stadium last week before a capacity crowd.

Paradorn serves an ace, securing victory in his “Super Tour” tournament in Chiang Mai.

The special tennis tournament in Chiang Mai was part of a series of special matches in the Paradorn Super Tour 2002, which took place December 11-15. The match in Chiang Mai was between Paradorn and Jan Michael Gambill, and a doubles match featuring Paradorn and Narathorn Srichaphan competing against Jan-Michael Gambill and Andrew Florence was also played.

In the singles match Paradorn defeated Gambill 6-4, 6-2. During the second set, when the score was 4-2, Paradorn changed to his “lucky” hot red shirt, and went on to take the set 6-2.

The doubles match was considered a fun match for the audience, and the audience very much enjoyed the antics on court. Gambill and Andrew beat Paradorn and his brother 7-6 (10-8) in the one set doubles competition.

Paradorn said, “I feel good playing in Thailand, as I can get close to my Thai fans more when I am here.” Gambill said that he enjoyed the match with Paradorn, his friend, and the event in Chiang Mai was fun. He also said he hoped to come back to Chiang Mai again next year.

Chang Puek Team crowned overall winners of mini marathon

Metinee Chaikuna

The mini marathon against drugs organized by Chiang Mai Technical College was very successful, according to the assistant director of the college, Somchai Rerngarom.

A representative from the Chang Puek Team proudly shows the team’s HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy.

The event started at around 6 a.m. and covered an 11 km route beginning at Chiang Mai Technical College, passing through Chiang Mai City and finishing back at the college.

The Chang Puek Team of 20 people won the overall class, and received the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Trophy, while the Montfort College Team (50 people) won the student class, and received the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra trophy.

The assistant director of the college, Somchai Rerngarom, and Sirisart Smitinund said that the mini marathon had been more successful than they expected, with many participants, including foreigners. Next year they hope the mini marathon will be even more successful than this year.

The stated objectives of the marathon were to promote the campaign against drugs and to raise the funds for the college’s Assistance Foundation, to support the playing of sports.

31st University Games get slogan, logo and mascot

Designers get the cash

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Chiang Mai University announced the winners of the Logo, Mascot and Slogan contests of the Thong Kwao Games, the 31st University Games, which will be held in two years time January 3-10, 2004.

Piecework created by Autthapol Harnwiriyapan won first prize and his logo will be used as the official logo.

Ms Wipawee Pawakkaranon of the Faculty of Nursing won the first prize of 3,000 baht for her slogan which describes the Thong Kwao Games and the 40th anniversary year of the campus.

The winner of the Logo contest, from 62 candidates, was Autthapol Harnwiriyapan, who received 20,000 baht, and from the 38 entries in the mascot competition, Sittisak Sakornsin collected the 30,000 baht and certificate.

Dr Nipon Tuwanon (left), president of Chiang Mai University, presents the winning certificate to the slogan contest winner, Wipawee Pawakkaranon (right).

The Thong Kwao Mascot was created by Sittisak Sakornsin, which was named Chang Sabud Chai, or the victory elephant.

Both logo and mascot relate to an elephant, well known as symbol of the Chiang Mai University. Sittisak’s mascot uses the Chiang Mai University elephant as a sign of cheerfulness and enthusiasm in hosting the university games. The elephant is dressed in Northern clothes with a Lanna Design. Autthapol’s logo is done in orange, the color of the iris tree flower. This covers all the university symbols of the elephant and the iris tree flower.

Charity Mini Marathon and Bike Rally December 22

Supports Foundation for Children with Heart Disease

Nuttanee Thaveephol

The Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University and Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital have organized a charity mini marathon and bike rally for the Foundation for Children with Heart Disease tomorrow (December 22) starting from 6 a.m. at Chiang Mai University Convention Hall.

Interested people can register for the competition at the CMU Convention Hall on December 21 from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. and December 22 at 4.30 a.m. (for the early risers). The money from the competition fee will be donated to the Foundation.

The winners in each class will receive trophies from VIPs such as the Privy Council Chairman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda, Privy Councilor Kasem Wattanachai, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Minister of Public Health Sudarat Keyuraphan, Minister of Justice Purachai Piamsomboon, Deputy Minister of Public Health Pracha Promnok, Chiang Mai Governor Pisit Khetphasook, and Chiang Mai Mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn.

Competitors can have a free health check from the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University, and food and beverages for the event.

Chiang Mai can host Asian Games 2010, says PM

Nuttanee Thaveephol

Chiang Mai has enough capacity to host the Asian Games, said Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra after presiding over the colorful and elegant opening ceremony of the Nakhon Chiang Mai Games on December 13 at the Chiang Mai’s 700th Anniversary Sports Complex.

Although the 33rd National Games is being held using only a limited budget, Chiang Mai looked impressive at the grand opening. The prime minister revealed that the next Asian Games, of which Thailand is going to be the host in 2010, could be arranged in Chiang Mai.

The closing ceremony will take place at the Main Stadium of the Sports Complex at 7.30 p.m. on December 24, after the final football match.

Chiang Mai hosted the SEA Games in 1995 and has now been the host of the National Games, which also uses the Sports Complex as the main arena. This Stadium is expected to serve for the next Asian Games as well while other sports with special needs and facilities can have venues that can be constructed later if the province wins the right to host the international Games.

A look through the lens at the opening ceremony of the 33rd National Games (Nakhon Chiang Mai Games) in Chiang Mai

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:

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!