Teams from around Thailand converge to play petanque
Petanque is a form of bowls in which metal balls are
used, and the charity Mahidol 2004 petanque competition was held last
weekend. At stake was a trophy from HRH the late Princess Mother.
technique was the order of the day.
Organized over September 18-19 by the Faculty of Medicine
of Chiang Mai University, this was the 12th petanque event held to honor
Prince Mahidol as well as the late Princess Mother.
Money raised went to the Rajasamathorn Fund to pay for
treatment for the poor and disadvantaged at the Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai
teams from around the country took part in the petanque tournament played on
the Faculty of Medicine fields.
The competition was divided into three categories - men,
women and mixed VIP teams. A total of 135 teams from around Thailand
participated, using all 39 petanque fields in front of the Faculty of
The winning men’s team came from Kamphaeng Phet and
consisted of Chief Warrant Officer Songkran Pinthadis, Suphon Sripong and
The winners in the women’s category were the Rajanavee
team consisting of Chief Warrant Officer Thongsri Tamakote and Petty Officer
Sasithorn Chaichuen. They won the trophy of HRH Princess Galayani Vadhana.
The winning VIP team was the Chiang Mai Zoo team of Kansarawut
Srisirisithikul, and Seree Khonru.
Chiang Mai girl wins
gold and bronze at Paralympics
Accident victim a high achiever
Chiang Mai province is preparing a grand welcome for 30
year old Saisunee “Waew” Jana, who recently won gold and bronze in
women’s wheelchair fencing at the Athens 2004 Paralympics.
She won a gold medal after defeating Chan Yui Chong from
Hong Kong 15-13. She also received bronze in the women’s foil fencing.
Before she left for Greece, Saisunee met Governor Suwat
Tantipat, who presented her with 5,000 baht and Buddha images to encourage
her and her trainers.
Saisunee is a resident of Park Klong village, Sarapee
district. She was disabled after a severe accident eight years ago when her
motorcycle was hit by a car when she was on her way to work.
Saisunee’s mother, Somsri Kummee, called for support
from PM Thaksin Shinawatra, claiming that her daughter has high ambitions and
worked hard to prepare for the Paralympics.
The province has conferred with the Public Welfare Department, and Tourism
Authority of Thailand, Northern Region 1 about the ceremony to welcome
Saisunee, who has brought recognition to her country and her hometown, Chiang
Chiang Mai Pool league
Bank officials swap their suits for sportswear
Over 3,000 Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives
(BAAC) staff from 17 northern provinces have converged on the 700 Year
Anniversary Sports Complex in Chiang Mai for the Inthanon Games, which were
opened by Deputy Minister of Finance Varathep Rattanakorn on September 25.
for the winners set up by the BAAC at the games.
The Chiang Mai branch of the BAAC was assigned to host the
games at the northern regional level. The sportspeople participated in football,
basketball, volleyball, petanque and other fun competitions, with cheerleaders
egging on their teams.
Apirom Sukprasert, the director of Chiang Mai branch of the BAAC, said this
was in response to the government policy in promoting good health through
sports, as well as creating unity and good relations among staff in the region.
Thai women footballers meet
Singapore in trial match
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