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BMW Motorrad celebrates Grand Opening with the launch of the K1200 S ‘power plant on wheels’

Thailand beats Singapore in warm-up friendly

“Combat for Kids” from FT Fitness

Chiang Mai hosts Northern Football and Volleyball Championships

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

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Chiangmai SportRoundup

BMW Motorrad celebrates Grand Opening with the launch of the K1200 S ‘power plant on wheels’

Staff reporters

The Grand Opening of BMW Motorrad at V.V.P. Automobile was a historic event for all the motorbike fans of the Northern region. The parking place of V.V.P. Dealer looked like a motorbike parade in full force or as government sources would say: “Chiang Mai will be the Biker Hub of Northern Thailand”.

Erwin Ruser saying, “This motorbike is a power plant on two wheels.”

The reason of the huge turnout was the launch of the latest BMW K 1200 S, which was introduced to the public for the first time in Thailand. Erwin Ruser, Thailand’s Motorrad Manager had the honor to ride it into the showroom and said in his introduction that the word sport is redefined with this BMW K 1200 S series, designed for the most intense experience yet on asphalt. He called it a ‘power plant on two wheels’ and power in its purest form. With acceleration of 0-100 kph in 2.8 seconds and a top speed approaching 280 kph, it is a true sports bike which will easily rival the best from Japan, while at the same time deliver legendary BMW road manners.

Chiang Mai Bikers turned up in full force.

His enthusiasm for this new motorcycle, which has received universal acclaim overseas, was obviously shared by the Chiang Mai biker fraternity that had turned out in full force to see this new machine and its showroom.

Sonthaya Khanthamala (2nd right) was the winner of the Lucky Draw.

As an additional incentive, the Grand Opening featured a lucky draw for a 25,000 baht BMW helmet. This was fittingly won by Sonthaya Khanthamala, an enthusiast with three BMW motorcycles.

Thailand beats Singapore in warm-up friendly

Saksit Meesubkwang

Thailand women came out on top against Singapore with a final score of 3-1 in the warm-up match at the Women’s Under-19s International Friendly at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium on October 23.

Thailand will host the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship 2004 which will be held beginning November 10.

The Thai team dominated possession for most of the first 30 minutes of the game, but the Singaporeans rallied and netted the only goal in the first half.

The coaches of both teams went to work during half-time, trying to coax the last little bit of sparkle from their tired players.

In the second half, Singapore conceded a free kick from the 29 yard line and Thailand took the opportunity to level the score at 1-1. In the 78th minute, with Thailand again in possession, a stunning solo run saw the Thailand girl sweeping past three Singaporean defenders and score, putting her team in the lead. Six minutes later, Thailand scored from a cross, with the game ending 3-1 in favor of the home team.

“This was a trial match to test the field conditions before the actual FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off,” said 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.

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.

After the trial match, Naruemol Siriwat, the Thai national team manager, said they had picked up additional playing techniques and that Thailand seemed to be more confident playing against teams from Europe and America.

“Combat for Kids” from FT Fitness

Mugging to music?

Autsadaporn Kamthai

In a drive to extend fitness training to the masses, FT Fitness has been providing outdoor martial arts exercises at the Municipality Stadium. This has proved to be very popular, but will be moved to an area in front of Simon Chiang Mai (next to Rim Ping Chotana) in few weeks.

“We aim to change people’s attitude to view FT Fitness as a place for people of all ages and all social levels,” said Sachuseth Ruengdechsuwan, marketing manager of FT Fitness (Thailand).

As part of this concept, it has launched the “Combat for Kids” for children aged 6 to 12. Chiang Mai had many clubs and centers providing Tae Kwon Do training but there was no place providing martial arts mixed with music, so the “Combat for Kids” would be a new enjoyable activity for Chiang Mai kids, said Sachuseth. “We target kids because our recent tests show that kids aged 6-12 possess a higher capacity for rhythm development and step dancing than adults,” said Sachuseth.

A one hour workshop (free of charge) will be arranged for children at many primary and secondary schools in Chiang Mai during this second semester period.

Applications will be accepted from November 1 at FT Fitness located at Rim Ping Department Store (Chotana). Price is 700 baht per course and courses will be at weekends. For more information please call 0-5341-0356-7.


Chiang Mai hosts Northern Football and Volleyball Championships

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The World Vision Foundation of Thailand arranged the Northern Football and Volleyball Championships for children aged under 12 from the eight Northern provinces during October at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium, Chiang Mai.

(Adults seated, from left) Sompong Chantee, from the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium; Chusak Wuthiwaropas, director of the World Vision Foundation; Kamol Thaiyapirom, from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), Northern Office; and Dr Surasing Visaruttarat of the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office with the young athletes taking part in the event.

These sporting events were part of the Foundation’s program of the HOPE Initiative to solve AIDS and drug use among Thai teenagers by using sport and music as tools to attract their interest and keep them away from the drug circle.

One of the athletes (center) speaks at the event.

The winning teams of both football and volleyball competitions will be eligible to compete at the national competition to be held at Thammasart University’s main field in Bangkok November 27-December 1.

After the three-day local competition, Ban Huay Muang Fang Sai School team from Chiang Mai became the volleyball champions while the Ban Pa Sang School team from Chiang Rai and Ban Suan Luang School team from Phrae were the first and second runners up respectively.

Ban Tar Talad School team from Chiang Rai became the winner of the football championship after beating Ban Nam Mong Pang Sa School from Nan, the first runner up team, by 3 goals to 1. Ban Huay Poo Ling team from Mae Hong Son and Ban Ta Kam from Chiang Mai were the second and third runners up.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the Hash House Pub on Mondays at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for males. No committee.

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.

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.

For more information visit:

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!

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