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Chiang Mai Cricket News
Pachyderm polo returns
Anantara Resort announces dates for 2009 King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament
The Anantara hotel in Chiang Rai has announced that the 2009 edition of
the highly popular King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will take place
from March 23 to 29.
all the fun and excitement of King’s Cup elephant polo at the Anantara
Resort Golden Triangle from March 23 to 29. (Photo/Anantara Resorts)
As usual, a blessing ceremony will be held before the opening match, in
which monks sprinkle holy water over both players and animals to ensure
a successful tournament. In addition, a parade of northern hill tribe
villagers and dancers in traditional costume, elephant spirit men (Khru
Ba Yai), colourfully decorated pachyderms and teams holding up their
respective country flags will kick off the week-long competition held on
the banks of the Ruak River which divides Thailand from Burma.
During the first five years of the tournament, the event took place in
the royal seaside town of Hua Hin before moving in 2006 to the native
home of elephants – the Golden Triangle. The tournament was introduced
to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Resorts and is a charitable event that
raises money for the country’s National Elephant Institute in Lampang.
Since its induction in 2001, the tournament has gone from a small
two-day event with six teams into a week-long extravaganza, which in
2008 featured 12 teams from four continents encompassing 40 players from
at least 15 countries.
Through its own elephant camp, located within the grounds of the
Anantara Resort Golden Triangle, the property’s focus on the future of
Thailand’s pachyderm population forms an integral part of the resort’s
operations. On an ongoing basis, resident elephant camp director, John
Roberts, works closely with the Thai government’s Elephant Conservation
Centre in Lampang to develop Anantara’s camp as an elephant sanctuary.
To date, the tournament has raised over $200,000 for the National
Elephant Institute, which provides medical care, sustenance, employment,
and mahout training to Thailand’s elephant population. Funds raised in
2008 were used to run the custom built ambulance that was donated at the
opening ceremony of that year’s tournament.
It is estimated that Thailand has around 2,500 domesticated elephants
and 1,500 wild elephants, down from an elephant population of around
50,000 in 1950 and 100,000 in 1900. The Tourism Authority of Thailand
(TAT) fully endorses the King’s Cup Elephant Polo tournament, having
identified it as one of the country’s prime annual special events. It
will take place in the grounds of Anantara Resort Golden Triangle, with
free spectator entrance.
For more information on King’s Cup Elephant Polo, please visit
www.anantara elephantpolo.com# Anantara Resort Golden Triangle is
located 60km north of Chiang Rai’s international airport. For enquiries
and reservations, please call + 66 (0) 5378 4084 or + 66 (0) 2 477 0760
or email [email protected] anantara.com. For more information please visit
Chiang Mai Cricket News
Sunday, Feb. 22 saw the Colts demolish the Irish Pub in
a one sided match at Prem Centre. Batting first the Colts
amassed 7/230 with Anchu scoring a brisk 100 runs. The only
bowler of note was Wally Pohl, who bowled accurately to take 2
Assadi bowled a lively spell against the visiting Bahrain
In reply the Irish Pub was all out for 102 in a lackluster
Two days later on Tuesday, in a hastily arranged match, again at
the Prem Centre, the Bahrain national team made short work of
the Chiang Mai Cricket Club side in a 25 over game. Winning the
toss and sending Chiang Mai in to bat, Bahrain dismissed the
locals in 13.4 over for the measly total of 72 with only Makki
Assadi offering any real resistance with 15. Bahrain reached the
required score in only eleven overs, Thinley Norbu picking up
two wickets and Makki Assadi assisting with one wicket in a
Next weekend the Parrots and Southerners will each bring two
sides from Bangkok to Chiang Mai for a series of matches on
Saturday and Sunday at both the Gymkhana Club and the Prem
Centre. On Saturday Parrots A will play Southerners at Prem and
Southerners B will play the Cockatoos at the Gymkhana. Sunday
will see Parrots B versus Southerners B at the Gymkhana. All
games will begin at 11.00 am.
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