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Teams from around Thailand converge to play petanque

Chiang Mai girl wins gold and bronze at Paralympics

Chiang Mai Pool league

Bank officials swap their suits for sportswear

Thai women footballers meet Singapore in trial match

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Teams from around Thailand converge to play petanque

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.

Great 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 Hospital.

135 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 Medicine.

The winning men’s team came from Kamphaeng Phet and consisted of Chief Warrant Officer Songkran Pinthadis, Suphon Sripong and Suksan Piachan.

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

Autsadaporn Kamthai

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 Mai.

Chiang Mai Pool league

Bank officials swap their suits for sportswear

Nopniwat Krailerg

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.

Awards 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

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.