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King’s Cup Elephant Polo

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The Outdoor Unlimited Chiang Mai Challenge 2009

The Chiang Mai Challenge 2009 will take place on Saturday May 9.

Amarin Plaza’s Outdoor Unlimited Zone, The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Active Management Asia Co., Ltd. are pleased to announce the second edition of The Chiang Mai Challenge Adventure Race.
Scheduled for Saturday May 9, this three to eight hour wilderness adventure race, will take teams of two through a 35k to 50k course. The trail will consist of running, mountain biking, swimming and paddling.
Adventure Racing is a highly visual and dynamic sport genre, stretching competitors to their limits. It is a sport that that is rapidly capturing the imagination of sports people in Thailand and around the world.
After the tremendous success of the River Kwai Trophy 2009 edition that attracted 120 teams from many nations, the next event of the Amazing Adventure Race series promises to bring some fun and excitement in the Rose of the North.
The landscape surrounding Chiang Mai offers “unique challenges for setting an event of this kind,” says Serge Henkens, Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series Manager. Located between the 700 years stadium, the Doi Suthep Mountain and Mae Rim, the course will include a variety of short and fast sections.
“We always strive to create something different in all of our races; to surprise the competitors,” says Dave Debruyn, the logistics coordinator. “What we can say is that it will be a lively and interesting race. We can’t tell much more at this stage. The racers will find out on the race day!”
The race will start and finish at the 700 years stadium. Many of the activities will take place at the Huey Tung Tao reservoir from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. says Henkens.
The Amazing Adventure Race Series is now by far the largest Adventure Race Series in South East Asia. For the Chiang Mai race there will be 2 divisions, and anyone with a minimum fitness level can participate. The race is open to anyone 14 years of age or older and each team must consist of two athletes.
For more details go to www. chaingmaichallenge.com or www.active-asia.com or Tel: 02 718 9581-82 (Nid or Soy) or the race director Serge Henkins on 081 922 7100


King’s Cup Elephant Polo

The 8th King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is taking place this week from 23 - 30 March, on the playing field of the Anantara Resort, near the Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen district.
The event has attracted 50 polo players, who will represent teams sponsored by companies in Thailand as well as polo clubs in foreign countries. All told, 12 teams are competing for the trophy. It requires 18 elephants to travel to the venue from their home pastures in Surin province, in northeast Thailand.
For more information and directions to the Anantara Resort, check out the website at www.goldentriangle. anantara.com


Chiang Mai Cricket News

Graeme Monaghan
Players were able to take early drinks in the match between City Life and Bangkok Blues played at the Prem Centre last weekend, due, in no small part to an attack on the bowling by the Blue’s Anwar; but more of that in a moment.

Umpire Richard Bartholomew was ‘on the ball’ at the recent match between City Life and Irish Pub.

City Life batted first and could only scrape together 78 runs off 23 overs due to the excellent bowling of Lohit Jassal and Vikki Singh.  Both bowled 8 overs, the former taking 3 wickets for 17 and the latter 4 for 35.  No batsman with a score of note.
Any thoughts City Life had of making a game of it were quickly dashed by Anwar who smashed 58 off only 26 balls to help his side reach the required runs in an amazing 6.1 overs.  At one stage he hit the ball so hard he broke his bat in two.
The other scheduled match was cancelled as the Prem School would not let any students play whilst the high pollution situation in Chiang Mai remained; a decision I fully endorse.
Last week I mentioned the unusual dismissal of ‘obstructing the field’ given against a batsman who called “Drop it,” as a fielder was about to take a catch.  However, I failed to mention that the umpire on that occasion was Richard Bartholomew; who knew his rules.  Well done Richard.
On Sunday at the Gymkhana Club a clinic for juniors was conducted by Chris Dodd and Martin Papworth with 25 lads from three schools.  The schools represented were Wat Don Chan, Wat Wai Luan and Wat Ban Si Ban Yuen and the boys showed great enthusiasm.  It is worthy of note that the boys from Wat Don Chan are all Hilltribe children.  It augers well for the future of cricket in this part of the world.
Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes 2009 next weekend
The 22nd Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes will be played from Sunday March 29 until Saturday April 4, at the Gymkhana Club in Chiang Mai.  A total of 32 teams will compete in this world famous cricket tournament and there will also be separate ladies and junior competitions running concurrently with the main event.
As always, spectators are warmly welcome to come down and view some spectacular cricket and soak up the atmosphere at this one of a kind event.  The Chiengmai Gymkhana Club is situated on the old Chiangmai Lamphun Road just north of Nong Hoy Market (before the Holiday Inn Hotel) and is an easy tuk-tuk or songthaew ride from any part of Chiang Mai.  Admission to the beautiful, spacious grounds of the Gymkhana Club is free and there is ample, shaded seating for cricket spectators.
As always, there will be a wide variety of food on sale, plus cold San Miguel beer and other beverages will be available from the “Boundary Bar” which is located right in the heart of the action.
For more information and a full schedule of the matches, check out the official tournament website at www. chiangmaisixes.com.