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Colorful charity walkathon raise funds for cancer research

Motocross riders rip it up in Chiang Mai

Thai weightlifters get gold medal send off at Chiang Mai airport

Buriram hit ‘Tigers’ with late sucker punch

Colorful charity walkathon raise funds for cancer research

Robinson Department Stores and the cosmetic company Estee Lauder (ELCA Thailand) recently joined forces to support the World Pink Charity Walk 2010 held on Saturday, October 30 to help raise awareness of breast cancer sufferers in the Kingdom.

Prasart Lomrai, the winner of the event holds up the royal trophy of Her Majesty the Queen.

At the event, which started off in front of the Robinson’s store in Chiang Mai, walkers from a whole cross section of the public, from department store workers and government employees to members of the provincial Red Cross, all gathered to pound the pavements in the spirit of a worthy cause.

All the funds raised from the charity walk and from sales of T-shirts will go towards helping breast cancer research at the Sirikit Center, Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok.

ML. Panadda Disakul, the governor of Chiang Mai, presided over the opening ceremony of the event which was won by a representative from the Tambon Mae Hia Municipality who was presented with the royal trophy of Her Majesty the Queen.

The pastel pink walkers set off on their charity march.

Motocross riders rip it up in Chiang Mai

Uthat Suwitsakdanond, center, Chairman of Nim Siseng Group, poses with the winners of the 5th PMSCT Thailand Super Cross 2010, Sunday, November 7.

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Organized jointly by Nim Siseng Leasing Co., Ltd, Top Gear Group, and the Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO), the 5th PMSCT Thailand Super Cross 2010 motorcycling championship got underway in Chiang Mai on Sunday, November 7.

The event took place at the Nim Siseng Motocross field on the Chiang Mai–Lampang Superhighway in Saraphi District, and featured young riders from across the region, along with some top national motocross riders, all of whom have an interest in the sport and want to get away from the dangers of street racing.

Boonlert Buranupakorn, President of Chiang Mai PAO, was on hand to officially open the championship and said that the 150,000 baht raised during the tournament would be going towards helping HIV infected patients in the upper north of the country.

Chaiwat Suwitsakdanond, a management member of Nim Siseng Leasing Co. Ltd., said this was a chance for the Chiang Mai public to experience the excitement and fun of motocross sport and was delighted that the event was so well attended.

Thai weightlifters get gold medal send off at Chiang Mai airport

The Thai weightlifting team gets an Asian Games send off at Chiang Mai International Airport by students of the Hor Phra Chiang Mai School, Wednesday November 10.

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Maj. Gen. Intharat Yodbangtoey, the President of Thailand Weighlifting Association, was in confident mood about his team’s medal prospects heading into the 16th Asian Games 2010 as they gathered at Chiang Mai airport on Wednesday, Nov. 10, prior to jetting off to Guangzhou, China.

“The team are ready to fight for the medals”, said Intharat about the 15 person squad made up of both male and female weightlifters and spearheaded by “Nong Kay” aka Prapawadee Charoenratanatharakoon, who won a gold medal at the 2008. Olympic Games in Beijing

Intharat commented that the hosting Chinese weightlifting team appeared to be the strongest on paper of all the teams competing at the Games and would pose the biggest threat to Thailand’s medal prospects.

Thailand will be fielding 8 male weightlifters in the 56kg, 62kg, 77kg, 85kg, 94kg, and 105kg classes along with 7 female athletes in the 48kg, 53kg, 58kg and 75kg and up divisions. The weightlifting competition at the Asian Games takes place from November 12-27.

Buriram hit ‘Tigers’ with late sucker punch

AIS Division 2 playoffs

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The ‘Lanna Tigers’ were looking to build on their promising start to the end of season play-offs when they entertained Buriram FC at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium in Chiang Mai on Sunday, November 7.

Both teams were tied at the top of Group A on 7 points each heading into the fixture and so something was sure to give as the thousands in the stadium, later announced as a record Division 2 attendance, soaked up the atmosphere prior to kick-off.

Chiang Mai came into the match off the back of a moral boosting 2-1 victory over Phichit FC and immediately went onto the attack with Ekaluck causing all manner of problems for the Buririam back line.

The visitors displayed their own attacking intentions however and Jewkhunthod went close in the 7th minute with a header that flew just over the Chiang Mai bar.

The ‘Tigers’ pressed forward and both Sarun Sridech and Thanapol Natasaeng brought good saves out of the Buriram keeper Ukris Wongmeena before the half time interval, but the hosts were unable to make the vital breakthrough.

In the second period Chiang Mai continued to attack and Wongmeena had to be at his absolute best to keep the ‘Tigers’ at bay as the shots came raining in.

There was always the chance that at 0-0 Chiang Mai would be vulnerable to the counter-attack and so it was to prove in the 86th minute when Mansa eluded his marker and passed the ball to Jianajai who crashed the ball into the hosts’ net.

It was a cruel blow to Chiang Mai who had done most of the attacking during the match but were unable to break down a stubborn Buriram rear guard.

The loss sees the ‘Lanna Tigers’ drop down to third place in the group standings with six matches to go. They were due to play another home match this past Sunday against Trang FC and will play the return fixture on Saturday, November 20 in southern Thailand. Chiang Mai’s next home match is scheduled for Saturday, December 11 against Pichit FC.