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CH4 complete battle in the mountains

Olympic weightlifters visit Chiang Mai

Marathon for better health and funds for charity

Chiang Mai’s diplomats to slug it out

Thai women footballers meet Singapore in trial match

Weightlifting fest to be held in Chiang Mai

Chiangmai SportRoundup

CH4 complete battle in the mountains

Runners with a drinking problem or drinkers with a running problem?

Arie J.M. de Keijzer

The Chiangmai Happy Hash House Harriers (CH4), the best mixed hash that runs on every Saturday and distinguishes itself from other hashes by being informal, allowing children and being simply very happy, enjoyed their 17th run last Saturday on September 11.

Hasher Kwazimoto, Hare Klaus Barber and Hasher Licks get ready for the run.

The Hare for this run was A-J de Keijzer, alias “Klaus Barber”, GM from the Rydges Hotel, and his residence on the Samoeng Road was the starting point as well as the location for the circle and ON-ON party. The co-hare was Dyke Converter and both hares went a long way to set the toughest run of the year.


The run was already announced as being “nice but tough” and surely did receive plenty of comments alike, after the runners had completed the battle in the mountains. The fastest runner came in after 51 minutes and the last ones, well, we won’t mention them.

A bunch of hashers just having a great time.

Excellent food, made available by the hare and catered by the Rydges Tapae Chiang Mai Hotel was provided, along with a wide spread of drinks that ensured an attendance from around 30 hashers, who stayed till very late, or early in the morning. Parties catered by hare Klaus Barber have gained the reputation of being the best of the best and this one was surely a top one, once again.

Anyone interested in joining this group of ‘drinkers with a running problem’, runs are held every Saturday starting at 5 p.m. You can also go to the Fish and Chips Shop, where transportation leaves at 4 p.m. For more information please contact this special group of Hashers at: [email protected]


Olympic weightlifters visit Chiang Mai

Autsadaporn Kamthai

Two Olympic gold medals winners “Orn” Udomporn Polsak, and “Kai” Pavina Thongsuk, and two bronze medallists Aree Wiratthaworn and Wandee Kampiam visited Chiang Mai on September 17.

A vintage car carrying Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, president of Weightlifting Association of Thailand, and Budsaba Yodbangtoey, manager of the Thai national weightlifting team, and a second one carrying “Kai” Pavina Thongsuk, a gold medal weightlifter, ascend to the Kruba Sriwichai statue.

The Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization (PAO), led by Thawatwong Na Chiangmai, had invited them to let Chiang Mai people show their appreciation and congratulate the young athletes.

Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, president of the Weightlifting Association of Thailand, and Budsaba Yodbangtoey, manager of the Thai national weightlifting team, joined the four youngsters.

(From left) “Orn” Udomporn Polsak (gold medal), Wandee Kampiam (bronze medal), Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, Budsaba Yodbangtoey, “Kai” Pavina Thongsuk (gold medal) and Aree Wiratthaworn (bronze medal) pay homage at the Kruba Sriwichai statue at the foot of Doi Suthep.

Our gold medal winners were driven around the city in open cars to the Kruba Sriwichai statue at the foot of Doi Suthep to pay homage to the city’s soul statue before moving to the Three Kings Monument.

Later, they attended the celebration of the 34th anniversary of Chiang Mai Physical Education College, from where “Kai” Pavina, one of the gold medal winners, had graduated. The college granted Pavina a shield of honor to award her as the Most Outstanding Alumna of the Year.

In the afternoon, a celebration was held at the Empress Hotel to record their success and excellent performance in serving the nation at the recent Olympic Games.

Marathon for better health and funds for charity

Saksit Meesubkwang

The Mahidol Day marathon honoring the “Father of Thai medicine” was held at the Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University on September 18-19.

The mini-marathon start on September 19.

This year was the 30th time the marathon had been held. Its aim was to raise awareness about health through exercise, as well as to raise money for the Rajasamathorn Fund to help the poor and disadvantaged receive treatment at the Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital.

Mahidol Day falls on September 24 and honors Prince Mahidol, the father of Thai medicine.

Lt Gen Picharnmeth Muangmanee, commander of the Third Army Region, presided over the opening ceremony at the Faculty of Medicine.

Chiang Mai’s diplomats to slug it out

But it is just for charity

Dr. Rebecca Lomax

What if you could make a difference in the life of a child whose history includes the death of parents, abandonment, neglect, abuse or being trafficked and prostituted for the profit of an unscrupulous adult? What if your 100 baht could go into a pool of donations and give this child a recreational opportunity that he or she would not otherwise have?

Deputy Director Saenpol of the 700 Year Anniversary Complex presents new tennis racquets to some of the children who are part of the “Tennis is My Dream” charity.

“Tennis is My Dream” grew out of a desire to enrich the lives of poor children and give them recreational skills that can last a lifetime. Children in institutions and other poor children may have their basic needs for food and shelter met, but they have few opportunities for sports or other life-enriching experiences. They become very vulnerable to substance abuse and prostitution, two of the most challenging problems in northern Thailand.

On October 23, from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., the organizers of “Tennis is My Dream” will sponsor a VIP tennis competition featuring the competitive tennis skills of German Honorary Consul Hagen Dirksen, Consul-General Katsuhiro Shinohara of Japan, Vice-Consul Henry Jardine of the United States, and Governor Suwat Tantipat of Chiang Mai. Former National Champion of Thailand, Worapol Tongkamchoo, and former member of the Thai Davis Cup Team, Suparat Chookuan, will also compete, as will several Junior Chiang Mai Tennis Champions.

Michael Vogt, Managing Director of Chiangmai Mail, will MC the event in English and German, while the Japanese language MC will be announced later.

The competition will take place at the 700 Year Anniversary Complex on Center Court, with tickets priced at 100 baht. Seating will be open, so come early. Bring your camera. The competition and the door prizes promise to be fun!

Tickets are available at Bake and Bite Bakery and Restaurant (both locations), or telephone Khun Gai at 01-882-9545, Ajahn Boonsong at 01-531-0177 or Ray Twine at 053-211-542.

Thai women footballers meet Singapore in trial match

Staff reporters

The Football Association of Thailand has invited an under-19 women’s football team from Singapore to play the national under-19’s at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on October 23.

This will be a trial match to test the field conditions before the actual FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off, according to Dr Santi Pongpandecha, manager of the Chiang Mai football field for the tournament.

The Football Association of Thailand will test all relevant systems at the stadium including the condition of the field, preparedness of the province and the juniors who will escort teams onto the field, as well as the live telecasting system by Tossapark Company.

The friendly against Singapore will be shown live on TV from 4-6 p.m. nationally.

The 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai will be used for one match in the first round and two matches in the second round between November 10-21.

Weightlifting fest to be held in Chiang Mai

Autsadaporn Kamthai

In the wake of national pride in the Thai women weightlifters who won two gold and two bronze medals during the Olympic Games in Athens, Thailand’s Weightlifting Championship and Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship will be held from October 1-4 and October 5-15 respectively. Chiang Mai has been chosen to host the two events.

Admiral General Chaiyuth Tantrakul, vice-president of the Amateur Weightlifters of Thailand, called on all associated organizations in Chiang Mai to prepare for the championships.

Earlier, Maj Gen Intarat Yodbangtoey, president of the Amateur Weightlifters of Thailand, had assigned Dr Santi Pongpundecha, managing director of the Thai Product International Co, to be president of the committee organizing the events.

Weightlifters from every region of the country will take part in the national championship, while participants from 20 countries will compete in the second event.

Top weightlifters from China, Iran, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will draw sport lovers to follow the competition. It will be interesting to see if governmental interest remains as high as it was after the first gold medal was won in Athens.