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International badminton comes to Chiang Mai

To be an Olympic star - be a non-smoker

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

7th Terry Fox Run next Saturday

Primary Volleyball has 14 teams in the hunt for gold

New Star Charity Open 03 for amateur golfers held last weekend

5-a-side indoor soccer comp November 7-8

Chiangmai SportRoundup

International badminton comes to Chiang Mai

Kason Chiangmai Bangkok Open 2003

Pichitpon Tongtuek

Chiang Mai provincial authorities, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, and the Chiang Mai Badminton Sport Association once again jointly hosted the Kason Chiangmai-Bangkok Open 2003. This year it was held from October 15-22 at the Chiang Mai 700 years sport complex. In this year’s event, the winners of the competition received the much-coveted and most prestigious His Majesty The King’s cup and HRH Princess Somsawalee’s cup.

MC Siriwanawaree Mahidol, representing the 11th Military Circle team, saves a point with a good backhand during exciting action in Gymnasium 1. (Photo courtesy of Chiangmai News).

The badminton championship was participated in by many badminton players from Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, and Thailand. The opening ceremony was presided over by Deputy Prime Minister Korn Dabbaransi. Korn, who is also the president of The International Badminton Federation of Thailand, said that he was proud to note that this tournament served as a forum for players of all ages to display friendship, fair play, and sportsmanship. It played an integral role in shaping and building the community, in leading players towards a drug-free environment, and in promoting better and healthier lifestyles. At the same time, it provided as opportunity for athletes to display excellent achievement in the sport and gave them the chance to compete against the best athletes in the world.

MC Siriwanawaree Mahidol, representing the 11th Military Circle team, competes in Gymnasium 1. (Photo courtesy of Chiangmai News).

Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai Governor added that a joint tournament aimed to promote those positive aspects of badminton sport, which lead to the development of better citizens. At the same time it promotes better performance skills among the players and broadens their experiences, training them to become top quality players not only within the country but also in international competition as well.

Beautiful Thai dancers performed during the opening ceremony.

Korn Dabbaransi, Deputy Prime Minister and president of the International Badminton Federation of Thailand, followed by Suwat Tantipat, Chiang Mai governor, brought the trophies from the King and Princess Somsawalee.

To be an Olympic star - be a non-smoker

Pichitpon Tongtuek

Chiang Mai provincial authorities in cooperation with the Athletics Association of Thailand has a new project called “To be the Olympic Star - the Non smoking Sports” running from October 31 to November 3, this year.

Vitamilk Company’s representative (red suit) presented their logo to Thailand Sport Association, Chiang Mai branch (green shirt) in front of Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat (center).

At a press conference held at 700 year Sports Complex it was advised that this athletic competition has the objectives to encourage and support the youth of Thailand to have healthy exercise by playing sports.

In these forthcoming games, Vitamilk Company is the main sponsor; with the cooperation of Thailand Sports Association, Chiang Mai branch, Nawamin Rachutid School, Thailand Amateur Athletic Association and Chiang Mai provincial authorities.

There will be youths from 15 provinces from the North of Thailand represented in the competition, and the nation finals will take place January 18-21, in Bangkok next year.

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips: Refining the fat argument – Part I

Fat in food remains a controversial issue – but hark, the plot thickens (with the blood)

by David Garred

G’day Readers,
Let’s see if we can clear up a few things with the fat and overeating issue this week. Please note that a part of this article will get a little complex, I’ll tell you when, but the extra detail is in there for clarity. I’ll tell you when to stop scanning and start reading again so you don’t miss the point of the article.

The story so far:

• Dietary fat has been thought to be a ‘bad guy’ for health since the early 1970s, causing heart disease as well as increased weight;

• Advice to reduce saturated fat (mainly animal fat) for health has been justified;

• The advice to reduce all fats on the other hand (for health and weight loss) may have been premature, BUT

• …advice to increase all polyunsaturated fats may also be unjustified and unproven in the scientific literature, THEREFORE…

• The fat story continues to unfold as scientific research becomes more refined…

Now read on…

The good oil on bad oils

Fat in food is still thought to be a major contributor to ill-health as well as obesity. However, anyone who thought the fat story was simple is badly mistaken. Good scientists in the field have long claimed that the only convincing fact about fats is that we eat too much saturated fat in modern life. The recommendation to reduce this, which was first suggested in the 1970’s, remains standard today.

But what about other fats and oils? Do we have any more convincing evidence on these now than 20 years ago? If the variations in popular media stories is anything to go by, it would seem that total confusion reins; that what is promoted one week is demoted the next. At the scientific level, however, steady progress has been made. This requires some understanding of the biochemistry of fats to see just how much progress has been made.

What are fats and oils?

*(This is where things get a tad deep.) Fatty acids are a family of several hundred chemicals, which can be grouped into a number of different families. The first family grouping is based on ‘saturation’; that is whether each carbon atom in a chain of atoms is fully ‘saturated’ with a hydrogen atom (saturated fatty acids or SAFAs), only partly saturated, with some hydrogen atoms missing, forming double carbon bonds (polyunsaturated fatty acids or PUFAs), or only has one double carbon bond (mono-unsaturated fatty acids or MUFAs). The next family breakdown is based on where the carbon bonds occur. One family, known as N-3 (or Omega 3) fatty acids, have the bond three carbon atoms along the chain, and are known to have anti-inflammatory effects in the blood. These come from fish oils and a group called alpha-linoleic acid, which is contained in green leafy vegetables. N-6 fatty acids on the other hand come from a group called linolenic acid, which is contained mostly in seed oils such as safflower, sunflower, etc.

*Ok, you can now start reading again, but you may want to scan back to check on the meaning of N-3 and N-6; you’ll see why.

Recent research has shown that humans in modern western societies now eat too much of the N-6 PUFAs in relation to the N-3s. This is important, because both compete for places in cell tissue, and while N-6 is important in causing inflammatory and coagulation effects in blood, this can be too much in light of an inadequate supply of the opposite anti-inflammatory effects from the N-3’s.

Next time, “Practical implications”. Until then,

Carpe diem’

For reference: Asherio A. Epidemiological studies on dietary fats and coronary heart disease. American Journal of Medicine, 2002;113(9B):9S-12S

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!

7th Terry Fox Run next Saturday

Marion Vogt

The first duty of the new GM of the Regent 4 Seasons was to announce once that the 7th Terry Fox Run for cancer research is scheduled for Saturday, November 1.

Many people know about Terry Fox, the brave young Canadian who had his right left leg amputated above the knee following diagnosis of cancer and who never stopped campaigning to find a cure for cancer. But not too many people are familiar with the reasons why 4 Seasons worldwide have this annual campaign for the Terry Fox Foundation.

(Seated from left) Patrick Ghielmetti general manager of Regent Chiang Mai, and Pornchai Sukrakanchana, chairperson for the run, surrounded by some of the staff involved in the 7th Terry Fox Run.

Millions of people worldwide were inspired by Terry’s courage, including Isadore Sharp, chairman and founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Isadore sent Terry a telegram while he was hospitalized that said, “We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized.” After Terry had passed away Isadore called Terry’s parents and assured them that he will spread the word and continue until a solution is found.

Isadore Sharp then became the founder of the Terry Fox Run which has become an annual event at Four Seasons Hotels throughout many countries. Between 1992 and now, they have raised over USD 14 million from 16 countries for this worthy cause. Proceeds go 100% to cancer research and remain in the country in which they were raised.

Last year 237 participants joined the annual event at the Chiang Mai 700 Year Stadium. This year he hopes to reach over 300 people, since you do not have to be a professional athlete to participate. It is a fun event for everyone including the whole family and is a good place to celebrate with schoolmates or colleagues from work.

Toddlers, families, teenagers, even Grandma and Grandpa can join since there is not only a 10.2 km Marathon but also a 2.2 km walk, in which you can participate. It’s all about fun.

There will be prizes for the youngest participant, the oldest participant, the most creative costume and the quickest Wheelchair-run.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and The Regent Singapore have each donated three nights accommodations as lucky draw prizes. The Four Seasons hotel in Bangkok and several local businesses have also donated prizes for the event.

Details of the run

Date: Saturday, November 1

Registration: From 5:00 am to 6:15 am

Start Time: 6:30 am

Venue: Chiang Mai 700-Year Anniversary Stadium

Ticket: 190 baht per adult, 150 baht per child aged 13 years old and under

Ticket includes: T-shirt, entry to the run and lucky draws after the run/walk.

For more information please contact Kodchakorn Thammikomin or Sang wan Sampan at 053 298 181 or fax 053 298 189, email kodchakorn.thammi [email protected] or [email protected]

All proceeds will be donated to the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The fight against cancer needs more than Terry Fox - it needs you!

Primary Volleyball has 14 teams in the hunt for gold

Organized by the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, Chiang Mai office at 700 year sports complex

Pichitpon Tongtuek

The Primary Volleyball opening ceremony on October 14 was presided over by Chiang Mai governor Suwat Tantipat, and Jarin Yoosabai, the director of the Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, Chiang Mai office. Jarin said that the objectives of this competition were to persuade the students to be interested in playing sport, strengthen the children morally and promote healthy living by the students and to let the students spend their free times usefully.

Jarin Yoosabai, the director of Aeronautical Radio of Thailand, Chiang Mai office presents sports shirts to the students.

There were 14 volleyball teams in the competition. They consisted of seven boys teams and seven girls teams. The boys were from Ban San Khong School, Chiang Rai; Ban Tha Pladuk school, Lamphun; Traipob Witthaya School, Lampang; Ban Mai school, Phayao; Choowicharaj, Tak; Ban Maejo school, Chiang Mai and Ban Huai Changkum, Mae Hong Son.

Students from Traipob Witthaya prepare for the competition.

Girls schools represented included Kiew Lae Noi School, Chiang Mai; Tha Look School, Lamhun; Tedsaban 4th School, Lampang; Rong Mad School, Phayao; Patantai School, Chiang Rai and Ban Huai Changkum School, Mae Hong Son.

New Star Charity Open 03 for amateur golfers held last weekend

Phitsanu Thepthong & Pichitpon Tongtuek

The New Star Palace entertainment complex, under the management of the Korean-run Hunzong Co. organized the New Star Open 03, a charity golf tournament for 150 amateur golfers, which took place Saturday, October 18. Entries included Thai and foreigners living in the areas of Chiang Mai and Lamphun, all vying for valuable prizes and a trophy from the Chiang Mai governor.

The overall winner, Ton Lum Tek shot a 78.

In cooperation with Riche Monde Co., the golf competition was held at the Chiangmai - Lamphun Golf Course (Banthi) to raise funds for the Ban Thammapakorn Home for Elderly. Jeon Hee Chul, chairman of the working committee, hoped to raise over 300,000 baht for the project.

The opening ceremony was presided over by Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat. After the competition, the party and prize-giving was held at the New Star Palace.

Orapin Suriya, director of the New Star Palace, said the golfers were divided into three groups: A B and C respectively. The overall winner received the Chiang Mai governor’s trophy, and there were other special prices including 100,000 baht for a hole in one.


Group A:

First: Mr. So Young Kiew from Korea
Second: Khun Wasin
Third: Khun Chukiet

Group B

First: Khun Anant
Second: Khun Sa-nguan
Third: Mr. Ho Yong Ouk (Korea)

Group C

First: Khun Thawin
Second: Khun Supachai
Third: Khun Montree

The women winner was Ms. Hun Min Chang (Korea)

5-a-side indoor soccer comp November 7-8

Part of the To Be Number One project

Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex has coordinated with North Chiang Mai Collage to set up the anti drug activity called “NCC Indoor Soccer” on November 7-8.

At Ban Lan Tong, there will be the 5-a-side team games running continuously from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The winner of the tournament will receive the trophy from Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, and 30,000 baht cash.

This activity is one of the “To Be Number One” projects of HRH Highness Princess Ubolratana, who is the president of this anti drugs campaign in Thailand.

Also in this activity, spectators will be able to watch the live televised broadcast of the special football match between Manchester United and Liverpool. There will be also the Red Bomb beauty contest on the day.