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Veterans’ tennis makes quite a racket

Chiang Mai - Bangkok Sports weekend

Practice makes perfect

Anti-drug track & field day very popular

Chiang Mai Bike Week 2003 begins this weekend, December 6

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Maejo Cup tournament begins at Maejo University

A large turnout on Sunday morning for AIDS Day Mini Marathon

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Veterans’ tennis makes quite a racket

Largest veterans tournament in Thailand

Phornphimon Thimsat and Natchawi Srirat

The Veterans Tennis Association (Thailand) played host this year to the Asian Inter-City Veterans Team Tennis Tournament, which was held at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium at Chiang Mai Sports Complex.

The winners received their trophies at the party held at Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.

More than 200 veteran tennis players from all over Asia took part in this tournament, making it the largest ever staged in this country. The association had sent invitations to teams from Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Macao, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Jakarta, Ban Dung, Philippines, Singapore, and Korea. Thailand, as host, had two teams. The participants were aged between 50-70 years (men) and for women it was 50-55 years old.

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat welcomed the players, expressing the hope that the players would take the opportunity to experience Lanna’s culture and tradition and go sightseeing. “This is a great opportunity for Chiang Mai people to show other countries our unique culture and tradition and our beautiful tourist attractions,” he said.

The overall winner of the tournament was the Yao team from Osaka Japan after playing a tiebreak with Bangkok, and the 2nd runner-up was the Chiang Mai Team.

Chiang Mai - Bangkok Sports weekend

Janet Powell

From November 29-30, the Swiss section of Ruamradee International School came to Prem in Chiang Mai for a weekend of sports in preparation for their Asian Games competition in Singapore.

The Swiss section of Ruamradee International School came to Prem in Chiang Mai for a weekend of sports. (Photo by Latoya Gr.11 student)

First up was a co-ed volleyball competition. Prem students were split into 3 teams and Ruamradee Swiss made up the fourth team. After some excellent, very closely fought games the Psychedelic Furs from Prem and Ruamradee Swiss finished first equal in the tournament.

After lunch the Prem girls took on the Swiss at basketball where they proved to be too strong for their Swiss counterparts, with Prem winning by a convincing 56-22.

Next up was the boys basketball where again Prem dominated the game winning by 48-30.

A great weekend was had by all and Prem now look forward to the start of the Chiang Mai basketball season which will be after the Christmas break.

Practice makes perfect

Linda Buck

On Saturday November 29, Prem Tinsulanonda International School achieved what they have been trying to do for the last three years - to win a game of cricket. Not only did they win one game, they won four games in one day! Their gold medals were achieved in the Grade Five Sawasdee Cricket Tournament held at the P.R.C. Sports Ground, in Chiang Mai.

The team taking the Silver Award was Mae Phong School, Doi Saket. This school has only been playing cricket for the last twelve months, and are coached by a Thai sports teacher, Ajarn Songyut, which is a major breakthrough for cricket in Chiang Mai.

Ajarn Songyut learnt his skills from attending a two-day seminar in Doi Saket, and a further two-day seminar in Bangkok in September of this year. Roger Binny (ex Indian international cricketer) was the guest lecturer at the seminar, which was attended by forty-six Thai sports teachers, drawn for all over Thailand.

The play off for third place was between Montfort College and P.R.C. The game was very close; good scoring showed the value of the FLICX pitch. The pitch was used for the first time on Saturday and proved its worth with the players being able to play their shots with confidence.

Results: Prem beat Mae Phong School by 225 runs to 222 runs (3 run victories). In the third place playoff match, Montfort beat P.R.C., 235 runs to 224 runs.

For further information on Chiang Mai Cricket Schools Alliance please contact Linda Buck on 053 426 101 or e-mail: [email protected]@

Anti-drug track & field day very popular

Phitsanu Thepthong and Chin Ratitamkul

Most of the international schools in Chiang Mai took part in the week long anti-drug affirmation organized last week by Chiang Mai Provincial Authorities to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday.

May the fastest man win... Athletes run for the tape at the anti-drug track & field day last week at the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex.

The young athletes came from the American Pacific International School (APIS), Chiang Mai international School (CMIS), GRACE International School (GIS), Prem Tinsulanonda International (Prem) and Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) who participated in the anti-drug track and field day at the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex.

This sports event was also considered to be a part of the 60 day drug countdown project initiated by the government, and was called “Palang Paen Din, Kachad Sin Ya Septid, or “People power can eradicate drugs”.

The Drug Combat Operations Center in Chiang Mai organized the event. As well as the athletic events there were marching bands, cheerleader contests, drug destruction exhibitions by 500 happy young students from Saraphi district, gliding performances, and drug burning ceremonies. Local sniffer dogs were included also in the arena.

Chiang Mai Bike Week 2003 begins this weekend, December 6

“Ride With Helmet” and “Drunk? Don’t Ride!”

Marion Vogt

The official opening party for the Chiang Mai Bike week is being held on Saturday December 6 at 6 p.m. with a dinner at the River Bar Pub and Restaurant.

Sunday morning between 8.30-9 a.m. the motorbikes will meet and line up in the Porn Ping Hotel car park for the motorcycle procession with 600 bikers expected to promote this year’s slogans “Ride With Helmet”, and “Drunk? Don’t Ride!”

From 10.15 a.m., the cavalcade of motorbikes will start moving from Porn Ping Hotel heading towards Prao District, for a 200 km scenic ride.

The main party will be on Sunday night at the Imperial Mae Ping beer garden starting at around 5 p.m. with a Fun Fair, with promotion booths from the main sponsors, such as BMW, up for a second consecutive year. There will also be a ‘Ride and Bite’ competition, and after 7 p.m. it is Party Time - dinner, games, lucky draws, shows and plenty of live music.

This event also gives bikers the chance to check out the newest models of bikes and receive first hand information from BMW. It is also good for the Chiang Mai Bike Week to see that the main players such as Harley Davidson and BMW are coming together, combining their efforts to support such a high-profile event.

The importance of this local event is such that the BMW motorcycle manager Thailand, Erwin Ruser, will come up personally to ‘show ride’ their latest BMW motorcycle, the R 1200 C Montauk, during the northern tour. It is the latest member of the BMW Cruiser family, and Erwin believes it will be the high-flyer of the season. He spoke to Chiangmai Mail enthusiastically, “This bike allows for the pure art of cruising, powerful, solid and uncompromisingly masculine. A purpose-bred cruiser whose beefy appearance immediately tells you what it is built for.”

BMW is also offering an additional day tour to Doi Feuy Hai, on Monday, Dec. 8. This will be organized in cooperation with an experienced local tour guide, who will be able to focus on the beauty of this region and the highlights of the tour.

For more information contact Ratanapong Reugkasem (Lek) from the North Comets, or visit the website for updates.

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!

Maejo Cup tournament begins at Maejo University

Phornphimon Thimsat

Cheerleaders from Srithana Commercial School provided the most excitement during the opening ceremonies for Maejo University’s 10th Maejo Cup at its Inthanin Stadium. The tournament, which began on December 1, runs through December 7, to celebrate Maejo University’s 70th anniversary and enhance relations among the educational institutes in the northern region. Seven institutes are taking part: Chiang Mai University, Payap University, Rajabhat Institute of Chiang Mai, Rajamongkol Institute of Technology, Northern Region, Chiang Mai Physical Education College, Yonok College and Maejo University.

The Cheerleading team from Srithana Commercial School on show during the opening ceremony.

A large turnout on Sunday morning for AIDS Day Mini Marathon

Chin Ratitamkul

On November 30, the HIV/AIDS network held a charity mini-marathon to mark AIDS day to stimulate people to better understand the AIDS problem and personal protection. Organizers emphasized that people have to understand and respect human dignity.

The distance of this mini marathon was 10 km, starting from 700 Year Anniversary sports complex, passing Phucome Hotel intersection and back to the stadium. Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presided over the ceremony and gave the prizes to the marathon winner.

Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presented the award to the winner.

The distance along the irrigation road was 10 km.

Hundreds of people participated in this marathon.