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SPORTS
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Sport activities held for aged people

Go Putt Putt, crazy golf with 18 world-wide holes

Chiang Mai Sixes – looking like the best one yet

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Hang Dong Tesco Lotus supports Junior Cricket

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Sport activities held for aged people

Chantawee Punmira

Short sprints with the old folks.

Walking on stilts, much to everyone’s astonishment.

Having fun yet?

The Aged Peoples Association of Chiang Mai in cooperation with the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization held a day of sports for elderly people on February 14 at the Municipal Stadium. The sport aimed to build networks between aged peoples’ clubs throughout Chiang Mai and promote exercising among the older groups.

Prof Dr Pongsiri Pardthanadee, president of the Aged Peoples Council of Chiang Mai, said that the sports event was held by demand of 940 aged people in clubs in 24 districts of Chiang Mai who wished to conserve Thai traditional sports and promote good health. The event was supported by the Office of Health and the Aged People Operation Networks Promotion Office. 10 entertaining traditional sports were competed at the event and Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presided.


Go Putt Putt, crazy golf with 18 world-wide holes

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

Go Putt Putt, an indoor crazy golf has been recently introduced to Chiang Mai as a new choice for children of all ages to have fun and for adults to relax after work.

This is the African Savannah

Go Putt Putt says it has charm and challenge, as at each of the 18 holes there is a replica of important architecture from 18 cities to make you think, if you have a good enough imagination, that you have traveled around the world.

The first hole features New Zealand, the second has Switzerland until you get to Thailand. For those exhausted by traveling in 18 countries in a short time, food and drink is also served.


Chiang Mai Sixes – looking like the best one yet

Sir Mick Jagger or Sir Vivian Richards or perhaps both?

Geoff Thompson

The 18th Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes is scheduled to take place from March 27 - April 2 in the grounds of the 107 year old Chiengmai Gymkhana Club. A total of 31 teams from 11 different countries are lined up to play in this year’s tournament, which has been expanded to a full seven days and promises to be one of the biggest ever.

The 2004 Sixes Cup Winners - the “Yesnowaitsorries” team from England will be back to defend their title at this year’s tournament.

The event also helps promote the development of cricket in Thailand. It will include on an adjacent field competition for the 6th Sixes Sawasdee Cricket Cup for Thai junior school teams. As we go to press, negotiations are well underway to try to bring Sir Vivian Richards to this year’s Sixes. The former West Indies captain was named recently by the world cricketing ‘bible’ Wisden as one of “five greatest cricketers of the 20th century”. An invitation has also been delivered to another knight – Sir Mick Jagger. The Rolling Stones star is a keen cricket supporter and player, and it is hoped he might find time to visit the Sixes. Apart from these two major stars, a number of current and former professionals will, as usual, play with participating teams.

As the Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes turns 18 years old this year it is probably the world’s biggest and most popular amateur cricket tournament. With upwards of 300 visitors traveling from overseas to Chiang Mai for the Sixes every year, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is pleased to support the event. It is now Chiang Mai’s longest running international sports event, and remains a vibrant and gloriously enjoyable week of sport and socializing. Many of the same club teams and players return year after year to what the tournament director of the past 15 years, Maurice Bromley, calls “first and foremost a friendship event”.

Chiang Mai Sixes is judged each year by participants and spectators alike on the amount of good fun, good friendship and good cricket it generates. It promises a pleasant, relaxed week in the rather idyllic cricket setting of the old Gymkhana Club. Six-a-side cricket is perfect for tournament format (40 minutes per match, fast and exciting to play and watch). Spectators are very much welcomed. Entry is free, there is shaded seating and a friendly all-day bar right on the boundary. So visitors may enjoy a cold beer or soft drink, eat lunch, and enjoy the action. Cricket action runs every day from Sunday March 27 to Saturday April 2 starting at 8.30 a.m. and running through about 14 matches until around 5.30 pm.


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 pm please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 pm.

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 hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm.

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: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/.

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!


Hang Dong Tesco Lotus supports Junior Cricket

Linda Buck

Tesco Lotus have pulled out all the stops for Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance over the last two weekends, when they sectioned off part of their car park to allow children to be shown how to start playing the game of cricket.

Qualified coaches were in attendance, and many Thai children who had not seen the game watched in silence, gradually getting nearer and nearer the net, eventually plucking up the courage to have a go. Some very simple coaching enabled them to hit the ball after a short time, which encouraged them to continue.

Our thanks go to Matee Intrajak, Store Director Manager at Hang Dong and his team who helped organizing the event, and Steve Penney who put together the training net, avoiding too many claims for dented cars!

If you missed this opportunity to see what is happening with junior cricket in Chiang Mai, please come along to our ‘Everything Stops For Tea’ on Sunday, February 27, at the Gymkhana Golf Club, Chiang Mai.

There will be an exhibition game of junior cricket from 11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., a wonderful afternoon cricket tea being served from 12.30, and a senior game from 1.30 until 5 p.m.

This event is complimentary and serves as a platform for showing junior cricket, also an opportunity for a family fun day. There will be a bar available, and a raffle, also stalls selling merchandise. No charge for the day but donations will be accepted. For further information please contact Linda Buck, 07 191 3807.



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