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Teens bounce, wiggle and gyrate in search of fame

Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament

Taekwando promoted as youth anti-drug project

Sports Authority of Thailand to hold pistol training

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Teens bounce, wiggle and gyrate in search of fame

Teen Aerobics and Dancercise Thailand Championship 2005

Nopniwat Krailerg

The ‘To be Number One’ Teen Aerobics & Dancercise Thailand Championship 2005 was held on February 5 the Central Airport Plaza, Chiang Mai to find the most talented team in the North.

Body Beat pose after the contest.

The Body Beat team from Chiang Mai turned out to be the champion of the contest and was awarded a 20,000 baht scholarship. Body Beat will compete in the national round as a representative of the Northern region.

Runners up were U.N. Dance from Uttradit and Dance Theater from Kam Phaengpetch. Awesome Unity from Phitsanuloke and J.K. Cheer from Lamphun were praised for being outstanding.

The members of Body Beat after winning the ‘To Be Number One’ Teen Aerobics and Dancercise Thailand Championship 2005.

This contest is part of the ‘To Be Number One’ project sponsored by the Department of Mental Health, Ministry of Public Health and aims to promote the value of exercising among Thai teenagers and draw them away from narcotics, in which aim they are supported by Chiangmai Mail’s medical advisor.

Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament

Kristen Davey, CMIS Athletic Director

Each year in February, Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) hosts a high school basketball tournament for teams from international schools from across Thailand, held at the SEA Games 700 Year Anniversary stadium. This year the 8th annual tournament will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 18-19, with 12 teams (six boys teams and six girls teams) participating.

CMIS students train daily and are very excited about the annual Chiang Mai Invitational Basketball Tournament, which is this year hosted by CMIS. The community is welcome to attend!

We have invited some of the best international school teams from Bangkok to join us each year. This year the American School of Bangkok, the Thai-Chinese International School, the Ruamrudee International School and the International Community School will be competing. The local international schools will include Grace and Prem International Schools, and, of course, the tournament host, Chiang Mai International School.

Games begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 18 with the capping ‘Friendship Game’ scheduled for 5.45 p.m. The Friendship Game is just for fun where Chiang Mai and Bangkok teams combine players into two teams of boys and girls - Thailand’s north versus south!

On Saturday the tournament continues at 9 a.m. and finishes with the Championship games at 3 p.m. (girls) and 4.30 p.m. (boys). An awards ceremony will follow shortly after. We invite all the local basketball fans and enthusiast to come and join in the fun! Come cheer our local teams on and enjoy watching some the best high school basketball in Thailand. Contact Kristen Davey ([email protected]) for further information.

Taekwando promoted as youth anti-drug project

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

The most popular sport among Chiang Mai youths is now Taekwando, the Korean style self-defense martial art.

Because the cost of learning and engaging in the new popularsport is high, Chiang Mai municipality, youth and citizen centers and the Chiang Mai stadium are now cooperating to form a Lanna Taekwando club for children over five years, as well as other interested people, to practice Taekwando. The club aims to bring out hidden talent and prepare participants for the national athletic championships.

Taekwando, a popular sport for young and old.

The class at the municipality stadium will be trained by Taekwando black belts Prof. Pitthaya Srisuwan and Prof. Cholathip Kasemsuk. The class is under the control of Prof. Lee Sungkee, a 5th level Taekwando black belt expert.

The fee for stadium maintenance and other fees are 450 baht per month. Participants are requested to bring their own tracksuits. The class runs from 5.30-7 p.m. everyday except Monday.

Sports Authority of Thailand to hold pistol training

Will the hit-men be more accurate?

Staff reporters

In an amazing decision, the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), is arranging pistol training courses during February 26-27, 2005 at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium.

The course will focus on how to use a gun according to safety procedures and the laws relating to gun use. The press release from the SAT does not mention any details as to who should be in possession of pistols, or why.

Rujira Premmanon, director of the SAT, Region 5, said that prior to this basic level course for automatic pistol use, the SAT had four times previously arranged courses for semi-automatic pistols and revolvers.

This training course will cover both semi-automatic pistols and revolvers. It will run for two days and gun experts will teach both the theory and practice to learners. Those completing the course without killing anyone will get a certificate of approval from SAT, Region 5. It is emphasized that this certificate is not a license to kill.

For more information, please contact 0-5321-0825. Blacklisted gunmen still free after the elections need not apply.

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