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Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai tribes compete for Akha Football Cup

Soccer competition opens to choose Chiang Mai youth representatives

CMU girl at world weightlifting tournament in Italy

32 youth teams competing in the Chiang Rai soccer tournament

700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Sports Complex (Sanam Jet Roi Pee)

Swiss XI defeat Amari Rincome Hotel Chiang Mai 3-2

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai tribes compete for Akha Football Cup

Nantanee Jedsadachaiyut

Over 70 Akha people from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces participated in the Akha Football Cup for Motherland at the Ban Kuew field on Huay Kaew Road July 5-6.

Goal! Ban San Jai scores.

Running for the goal! Six football teams from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces took part in the Akha Football Cup for Motherland.

A group of Akha musicians from San Jai Mai Village in Tambon Mae Salong Nai, Mae Fa Luang District in Chiang Rai, led by Akalo Juepoa, organized the football competition and received support from the Thai Worldview Vision Foundation, The Hill Tribe Voluntary Development Center, and the Office of Narcotics Control Board Northern Region.

Akalo Juepoa told Chiangmai Mail that Thailand is Akha’s Motherland, and they respect Their Thai Majesties as their own parents. Although they are a group of minority peoples in Thailand, they want to be accepted by the general public as Thai citizens. This is one of the reasons why they organized this competition to show their recognition of their motherland.

Despite widespread ideas that hill tribes are the main cause of the drugs problem, the Akha wish to show they are not. They want to express the unity of Akha people and to also encourage Akha teenagers to show their own spirit against drugs.

Six football teams from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces took part in the Akha Football Cup for Motherland. Another competition in the campaign against drugs will be held at Tambon Mae Fa Luang, in Chiang Rai at the end of August.

Soccer competition opens to choose Chiang Mai youth representatives

Surachai T. Bunditkul

Chiang Mai Football Club will launch a youth soccer competition on July 16 at Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium. Foreign under-18 year youths are also welcome. It is also part of the “war on drugs” program.

The competition will bring out Chiang Mai’s youth football players and develop their athletic abilities so they can participate in the National Youth Sports 2003 competition. The winning team will get the Thaksin Shinawatra Football Cup, a certificate and gift voucher worth 30,000 baht. There are many other awards for the competitors such as Man of the Match, Best Goal-Keeper, and the Best Penalty Scorer.

Pol. Cap. Narong Tubgrum, director of Chiang Mai Football Club said that each competitor must be resident or study in Chiang Mai Province, and the competition is also open for any ex-pat teams.

The application fee is 1,000 baht, and interested teams can apply until July 15 at the Provincial Sports Association of Chiang Mai, tel. 053-896038.

CMU girl at world weightlifting tournament in Italy

Nipaporn Charoenchai, an athlete from Chiang Mai University (CMU) is currently taking part in the 6th World University Weightlifting Tournament being held in Italy July 9-15.

Assist Prof. Pinyo Thongdee, CMU vice president said that CMU has sponsored sportsmen and women in many fields and has also established the Youth Sport Development and Promotion Project to support students in many types of sports to give them the best opportunity to develop their skills while at the university. The young weightlifter is part of the university’s outstanding sportsmen quota program.

Nipaporn, a first year student from the Faculty of Education, joins another 7 national team members from the Amateur Weightlifting Association of Thailand at the tournament.

32 youth teams competing in the Chiang Rai soccer tournament

Surachai T. Bunditkul

Chiang Rai Football Club has organized a youth soccer tournament from now to August 10 at Chiang Rai Central Provincial Stadium.

The Provincial Sports Association of Chiang Rai, Football Division, will promote the youth football competition, for the Under 18 year olds, to help develop good soccer players as the province representatives for Chiang Rai. The winning team will get a cash prize of 15,000 baht.

The director of the association, Deat Jaikhar said that the competition follows the government policy of “war on drugs”, helping solve the drug problems in the province.

It also will choose football players to participate in the Northern Coke Cup competition in Phetchabun Province in the National Youth Sports Competition Region 5 Area.

700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Sports Complex (Sanam Jet Roi Pee)

Don Lee

When I moved to Chiang Mai last year I set out to find a good swimming pool to start a regular exercise program. The guidebooks and local magazines listed some pools, but didn’t have much of a description. So I started asking around and trying out the waters. Discovering the Chiang Mai Sports Complex was finding a great pool and a whole lot more.

The stadium has an outdoor football field and track.

One of the most popular facilities is the swimming pool, maybe the best in Chiang Mai for serious lap swimming.

No this is not a 700-year-old sports stadium; no red brick ruins, and the only ancient athletic rituals held here are more of the Greek Olympic variety. It’s a modern sports complex, built for the 1995 SEA Games and named to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai.

Sanam jet roi pee (for local drivers) is located at the base of Doi Pui, on the west side of the irrigation canal road, 4.2 kilometers north of Huay Kaew Road, and just east of City Hall. This is a multiple stadium sports event complex, and community sports and exercise facility, operated by the Sports Authority of Thailand.

One of the most popular facilities is the swimming pool, maybe the best in Chiang Mai for serious lap swimming. It’s a 50-meter Olympic pool and adjacent diving pool with springboards and platforms. The pool water is clean, clear and well maintained. There are toilets, showers and changing booths.

The pool is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. It’s inconveniently closed from noon to 1:30 or 2 p.m. It’s also closed Mondays and sometimes for holidays and events. Entrance fee is 40 baht for adult non-members, 20 baht for members. Children (through high school or 20 years old) are 1/2 the adult fee. Swimming lessons are available.

A couple of notes: This pool is not really suitable for small children or non-swimmers. The shallowest part (each end) is over one meter deep. Chiang Mai Land pool (and tennis center), in the southeast part of town (Chiang Mai Land Road, Soi 8), is more appropriate for young kids and for family fun, sun and relaxation. Also, serious distance swimmers take note that there are no designated lanes or times for lap swimmers. Avoid late afternoons and evenings when it is most crowded, but from opening through mid-day, especially non-holiday weekdays, there are few people using the pool.

Other facilities in the complex include: a tennis center, with instructor available, pro shop and racket rentals. Court fees are 40 baht per hour per court, for non-members, 1/2 price for members. There is also a main stadium where football, track and field events are held, three indoor stadiums (set-up for various sports events), a velodrome (bicycle racing stadium), a shooting range, an outdoor football field and track, and outdoor courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and sepak takraw. Aerobic dance classes (10 baht for all) are held in Stadium No. 3 at 5:30 p.m. and another outside the main stadium at 6:30. The perimeter road is used by many people, especially in the evenings for a 2 K jogging and cycling track.

The weight room / fitness center which used to be at the hotel, has just been relocated to the Main Stadium building, in an outside facing room just left of the main entrance. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; there is a use fee of 20 baht for non-members or 10 baht for members.

There is a full range of basic weight resistance exercise equipment, but there are some deficiencies for the serous fitness buff, used to modern western gyms. The stationary bikes are very crude and the only treadmill seems to be permanently out of service. You won’t find high-tech machines here, but there is enough selection of resistance with machines for all muscle groups, free-weights and benches. Fixed dumbbells are from 1 1/2 to 10 kilos. You can build your own dumbbells and barbells if you want to go heavy. If you are The Hulk, it is possible to put together a 350-pound/160 kilo barbell, but you will be using most of the plates in the room. Like the other facilities in the complex, late afternoons / evenings see the most use. Morning and mid-day you may have the weight room all to yourself.

Up in back of the hotel (outside of the 700 yr complex) you will find an open water-reservoir and trails for hiking, dog walking or mountain biking. Some trails connect with Huay Tung Tao (lake and park), about 3 km to the north.

The Chiang Mai Sports Complex has membership available for Thais and expats. It’s 500 baht per year individual or 1000 baht for family membership (up to 5 persons). There are also special student and group rates. Apply at the pool entrance desk. You need 2 photos (1") and ID. Membership allows you discounted entry to most of the paid activities. They have a website: www where the membership information is in English but most of the site is in Thai.

The 700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Sports Complex is a great park where you can watch some sports, get some good exercise and possibly meet other health minded people.

Swiss XI defeat Amari Rincome Hotel Chiang Mai 3-2

The Hong Kong based Swiss XI defeated Chiang Mai’s Amari Rincome Hotel by the score of 3-2 in a football friendly on Monday, June 30 at the 700th Anniversary Stadium, Chiang Mai.

The Swiss XI and Amari Rincome Hotel teams pose for a group picture after the visitors defeated the home team 3-2 at the 700th Anniversary Stadium.

The Swiss XI team toured through the north of Thailand from June 26-30 and stayed overnight at the hotel on Huay Kaew Road. During their tour, they played friendly football matches with three teams in this northern capital, also defeating Chiang Mai Mass Media at Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium by the score of 3-2, and playing to a 3-all draw with Chiang Mai’s Wing 41.

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips: Heart rates higher in land aerobics than aqua aerobics

This will come as no surprise to people that have actually done both forms of exercise, but it’s a nice illustration of the actual differences of stress levels on the heart. Thus showing that new participants, untrained people and others in higher risk factor groups may well benefit from commencing exercise programs in the water to develop a strong base foundation of fitness before even considering land based exercise.

A recent study reported in the Journal of Exercise Physiology shows that although the rate of perceived exertion (RPE - which is a scale of the individual’s idea of how hard they think and feel they are working) for a given routine was similar for both land and water aerobics, heart rate was higher during land-based exercise.

The study involved a group of seven older women who performed the same aerobic exercise routine on land as in the water at a self-selected intensity level. The routine was performed twice for a total of 24 minutes and consisted three minutes above the shoulder arm exercise, three minutes of leg exercise, three minutes below the shoulder arm exercise, and three minutes of total body exercise. At a similar RPE, heart rates were significantly higher on all land exercises.

When prescribing exercise intensity the environment must be taken into account. Prescribing intensity levels based on land heart rates would not be advisable for water exercise as the participant would have to work at a very high intensity, potentially causing undue risk and strain. RPE is a consistent indicator of intensity and is preferable to HR in different settings.

Ready-to-eat bags of salad missing vital goodness

Salads bought in pre-washed packs are missing vital nutrients, according to researchers at Cornell University in the US. They claim that the modified atmosphere packaging process damages vitamin C and antioxidants in lettuce leaves. The pre-washed, pre-packaged bags of salad still contain fibre and phytonutrients, as well as vitamin K and are convenient for busy people. They are still better than no salads at all, but they are less healthy than fresh salad.

So before you dismiss the pre-packaged salad idea, remember that slightly nutrient depleted pre-packaged salad is going to be first on the nutrient scale, daylight will be second and third will be that other fast food option. Go with the salad, it might not be fantastic but it’s still good for you.

Carpe Diem

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. 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.

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!