King’s Cup Elephant Polo returns on March 22
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has announced the
2010 dates for the King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament. The highly
popular event will take place from March 22 to March 28 in the
northernmost region of Thailand known as the Golden Triangle.
This year’s event is once again sponsored by Audemars
Piguet - one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious watchmakers -
and will see a number of teams go trunk to trunk to win the coveted
King’s Cup trophy.
King’s Cup Elephant Polo returns to the Anantara
Resort Golden Triangle from March 22-28.
An opening parade and blessing ceremony will be held
in Chiang Saen town on the first day of the event to showcase the
culture of the Golden Triangle region with northern traditional-style
dancers, hill-tribe villagers in traditional costume, elephant spirit
men (Khru Ba Yai), and colourfully decorated pachyderms. The parade will
mark the kick-off of the weeklong competition held on the banks of the
Ruak River, which divides Thailand from Burma.
In just eight years the King’s Cup Elephant Polo
Tournament has gone from a small two-day event with six teams into a
week-long extravaganza, which in 2009 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, worked closely with the Thai government’s
Elephant Conservation Centre in Lampang to develop Anantara’s camp as an
elephant sanctuary and continues to work with them on several ‘big
picture’ conservation projects.
To date the tournament has raised over US$250,000 for
the National Elephant Institute, which provides medical care,
sustenance, employment, and mahout training to Thailand’s elephant
population, this has been distributed as cash, in the form of pick-up
trucks and a custom built elephant ambulance. In recent years, the funds
were used to run the ambulance as well as provide housing at the
Centre’s elephant hospital allowing it to provide free accommodation as
well as medical treatment to any sick elephants in Thailand. These funds
also provided a mobile veterinary centrifuge for their mobile elephant
Proceeds from the 2009 project have been used to
‘rescue rent’ five street elephants to be trained in occupational
therapy as part of a joint Thai Elephant Conservation Centre, Chiang Mai
University project investigating the benefits of using elephants to
It is estimated that Thailand has around 3,600
domesticated elephants and 1,500 wild elephants. 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, and spectator entrance is free. For more information and
directions to the Anantara Resort, check out the website at
Fanfare marks opening
of 5th Ton Pao Games
The 5th annual Ton Pao Games kicked off recently
in the San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai. Boonlert Buranupakorn,
president of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization,
accompanied by Vichit Boonkangwan, San Kamphaeng District Officer, Sritoon
Chaisaowong, mayor of Tambon Ton Pao, and the 10 administrators of local
organizations presided over the opening ceremony at the Ban Nong Kong School
on Saturday, March 6.
Boonlert Buranupakorn, center, the
president of Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization, presides
over the opening ceremony of the 5th
Ton Pao Games, Saturday, March 6.
The month long games will be held at three venues
including the Nong Kong School, the Nongkong School, and San Mahokfah/ San
Pakha School in Tambon Ton Pao and will conclude on Saturday, April 3.
The Ton Pao Games were initiated 4 years ago with a view
of encouraging young people and members of the general public to engage in
more sporting activities to improve overall health and engender a spirit of
cooperation. The Games include disciplines such as football, volleyball,
sepak takraw, petanque and aerobic dancing.
Panther’s late order charge in vain
Chiang Mai Junior Cricket News
The Prem Oval was the venue for a CMSCA U-15 League match between Prince
Royal’s College and Prem Panthers on Sunday, March 7.
The home team won the toss and chose to field and
PRC made a flying start to their innings reaching 50 after only 5
overs, thanks mainly to the hard-hitting Jun Aryi (Jun), a guest
player from Watdonchan, who raced to 18 off 15 balls. He was
assisted by the PRC captain Mai who made a useful 15, however, what
could have easily been a record total didn’t materialise as Jun was
dismissed soon after. Some economical bowling from Yumi Sabrina and
the captain Richard Bell restricted the run rate to such an extent
that PRC only added a further 24 runs in the next 10 overs.
Player of the Match Jun Aryi plays a square cut
during the Prince Royal’s College innings.
Having fought their way back into the match the
Panthers needed a modest 75 runs to win, however, the innings
started disastrously and top order batters were out in quick
succession, leaving them reeling on 21 for 6 wickets by the 5th over,
including two unfortunate run outs from some good fielding and ill-considered
running between the wickets.
Supawatnee Wontan (Tingtang) was the most
effective of the bowlers, her straight, zippy deliveries proved too
difficult for the batters and she finished her 3 over spell with 2
wickets for 8 runs. Chanchai Bengkamta, making his league debut,
also impressed and returned bowling figures of 11 for 1 from 3
Once again Prem dug deep and managed to get
themselves into contention through some determined batting from
Kevin and Sabrina. However, the poor start to the innings left the
Panthers with too much to do and they finished on 65-7, some 10 runs
short of their target.
PRC won by 9 runs and climb to 2nd in the league
table. Jun was awarded Player of the Match for his strong batting