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Aerobic Marathon Competition

Anantara takes the sport of kings to a new venue this year

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Aerobic Marathon Competition

Preeyanoot Jittawong
Singha Pattana Co., in cooperation with the Platinum Fitness Center arranged “The 2
nd Chiang Mai Aerobic Marathon Contest” with proceeds to go to Anusarn Soonthorn Deaf School.

Dance leaders dancing in “Mortal Combat” style.

On July 2, Udonphan Chanthrawiroj, managing director of the Platinum Fitness Center opened the at 5th Floor, Kad Suan Kaew department store.
The purpose was to encourage exercise and combat increasing obesity. Part of the proceeds in the amount of 15,000 baht was given to Anusarn Soonthorn Deaf School.
As World Cup fever still grips the nation, it had to start with a football match between Mass Media Association and Platinum Executive Team, which ended in a draw. The Aerobic Marathon then began with the 200 competitors having to dance without pause for 2 and a half hours.
The competition was divided into 5 classes. The winner of the general class was Seksan Chueaphudee. Female-youth class under 15 years went to Suthida Nathawan. The winner of male-senior class was Boon-in Khatiyarn, and female-senior class, Phlernjai Phansua. The male dance-leader class winner was Kriangkrai Jaikerd and female dance-leader class, Nutcharin. Sri Boonrueang Team sent the most competitors (29 competitors).

Graceful aerobic dance.

All the competitors.


Anantara takes the sport of kings to a new venue this year

Sirima Eamtako TTG Asia
Thailand’s King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is leaving its five-year-old southern seaside hometown of Hua Hin this year to be staged in the mist-shrouded mountains and forested slopes of the Golden Triangle in the north.
The tournament, from September 4 to 10, is in its sixth year and will again be organised by Anantara Resorts in conjunction with sponsors, American Express, British Airways, Chivas Regal, Mercedes-Benz and Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) supports the tournament and ranks it the sixth largest event on the Thai tourism calendar this year.
The event was initiated in 2001 by Anantara Resorts vice-president and general manager, Mr Christopher Stafford, to raise funds for the National Elephant Institute in Lampang, northern Thailand, as well as raise the profile of Hua Hin as a tourism destination.
“The tournament has generated an enormous amount of international media exposure and over the years, has contributed towards raising awareness of Hua Hin.
“By leveraging its popularity, we now aim to turn the international media spotlight onto a very unique and special part of Thailand, showcasing the beauty of the natural landscape of the Golden Triangle region,” Mr Stafford said.
The Golden Triangle is home to hilltribe villages that extend across three countries: Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. It is considered one of the world’s last remaining truly undeveloped places and remains largely inaccessible and undiscovered.
This year’s tournament will take place within the grounds of Chiang Saen Secondary School, about 60km from Chiang Rai International Airport and 12km from Anantara Resort Golden Triangle. At press time, Mr Stafford said Anantara Resorts had yet to launch any promotional offer or link up with any hotel in Chiang Rai on providing accommodation packages during the event.
Attendance figures have been growing significantly year on year. Respectively in 2004 and last year, some 3,500 and more than 5,000 spectators turned up, with about 10 per cent coming from overseas.
Although this year’s forecast is not yet available, Mr Stafford said international visitors were generally coming from more than a dozen countries plus Thailand.
“Thais and expatriates in Thailand would account for about 75 per cent of the business in Elephant Polo week, which generally attracts players from Scandinavia, the UK, Europe, the US, Asia and Australia as well as Thailand,” he said.
The tournament has to-date raised more than US$140,000 for the National Elephant Institute, which provides medical care, sustenance, employment, welfare and mahout training to Thailand’s decreasing elephant population.
There are some 2,500 domesticated and 1,500 wild elephants in Thailand, down from a total population of 50,000 in 1950 and 100,000 in 1900.
Anantara Resort Golden Triangle also operates an elephant camp where it teaches guests how to ride an elephant.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Day of the underdog

Pat Black
The Chiang Mai Pool League was turned on its head last Friday when the top three teams lost to much lower opposition, leaving the first four sides on eleven points and the next two on nine.

Pla, the lass from The Local.

In a seesaw singles session, league leaders Chiangers and Bangers fought their way back from a two frame deficit to go 3-2 up, but December Bar drew level again before the break. Then a sudden surge of power play enabled December to dominate the doubles and inflict The Banger’s with their 4th loss of the season.
When glancing anxiously over their shoulder, Chiangers must have been relieved to see nearest rivals, Friend’s Corner, go down by the same margin at Number 1 Pub. With key players absent over the past few weeks, Number 1 was back at full strength and they showed it by easing into a 4-2 lead, despite all singles games going to the wire.
Friend’s mustered the energy to pull back a frame in the first doubles, but from then on it was downhill all the way.
If Half Moon Pub had had any idea of what was happening elsewhere, they would have bet their grandmother on moving back to top of the table, especially when standing with a 4-1 advantage at Blue Sky Garden.
However, The Garden dug themselves into a furrow and ploughed their way out of a seemingly impossible situation to win the last four games and the match.
Back in form, Blue Sky Bar joined Chiangers, Friend’s and The Moon on eleven points when they took full profit from the faltering performances of their main rivals, with a comfortable 6-3 win at Happy Bar.
So after 15 matches played this term, Chiangers lead the next three teams by just 10 games - closely followed by The Wall and Out Back - both two points behind.
While The Wall continued their recent winning streak with a 5-4 victory at home to Enjoy Place, Out Back will look back at The Local with anguish. Out Back opened the match well by securing the first frame, and even after losing the next three, came back to level the score by the interval. However, they slipped up badly in the first two doubles and were left to take the last as consolation.
Up until now, Out Back has enjoyed its best season ever, with The Local experiencing its worst. But like many of last week’s matches indicate, the tables seemed to have turned, with the former losing their last two games while the latter won theirs.
Also, there’s no holding La Villa these days. After a dreadful start to the season, the Pizza Boys have won three of their last four matches, and they saw off Rock Hard Bistro 7-2 last week for their second home win of the season. And to top it all, the triumph lifted them two places to 10th in the league.
With more than 50 percent of this season completed, almost half the sides in the league are still in with a shout for the championship. The next round of fixtures throws up some very interesting encounters, with Out Back entertaining Friend’s Corner, December Bar going up The Wall and Blue Sky Bar will set about Half Moon Pub.



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