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Elephant Polo in Hua Hin

Monks bless the elephants on opening day.

The annual charity Elephant Polo match was held in Hua Hin this past week, with the grand opening parade on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 through Hua Hin and the matches beginning Thursday, September 13, 2012 at the stadium and the grand finals being held today, Sunday September 16, 2012.

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the King’s Cup Elephant Polo competition which was first launched in Hua Hin by Anantara Resort. The World Elephant Polo Association established the governing rules for Elephant Polo in 1982 and the association has its headquarters at the Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the Royal Chitwan Park in Nepal, which is where the World Elephant Polo Tournament played every year. This tournament is played within a relatively small circuit, including the countries Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Each team is made up of three players and their elephant on a marked pitch of 100 meters by 60 meters using a standard size polo ball. The game is divided into two 7-minute “chukkas”, or halves, of playing time with an interval of 15 minutes. The whistle blown by the referee stops and starts the play. Both elephants and playing pitch ends are changed after the first chukka.

All proceeds of the tournament are used to ensuring the welfare, sustenance and medical treatment provision of elephants as well as employment, mahout training. (Photos courtesy of Anantara Resorts).

The teams line up to play on the pitch.
 


Poppy Appeal golf charity event

Golfers put October 26 on your calendar!

Golferholics Chiang Mai is organizing a charitable fundraising golf tournament for the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal on October 26, 2012 at the Green Valley Country Club and all golfers are invited to join.
The Royal British Legion (RBL) will distribute the funds raised to aid Thai veterans in Thailand as part of their efforts towards aiding veterans in the community.

Last year’s golf tournament was held on 11-11-11 – the hole in one winner and the winner of the tournament Roland Wyss receives his prize from Kari Sirelius.

They are looking for sponsors for the event, you can sponsor anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 each to help cover costs and raise at least 50,000 Baht that can go towards those in need. Holes will also be sold where sponsors can have their logo.

There will be a hole in one contest at all par 3 holes, so four chances in total to win a cash prize of 100,000 Baht, golf clubs, tablet, or preloaded Visa card. Additionally there will be lucky draws and a dinner after the contest.

The participant fee is 1800 Baht which covers the golf, a shirt and dinner plus a free voucher for one golf club of your choice.

For more information and details please contact Kari Sirelius: , [email protected], tel. 0870 141138.


National Games in December

Nopniwat Krailerg

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul reporting on Chiang Mai’s progress for the 41st National Games to be held in Chiang Mai from December 9-19, 2012 said that progress was underway.

Chiang Mai Governor M.L. Panadda Diskul reports on the progress of the National Games in Chiang Mai and calls on Chiang Mai people to show Thailand the fame of their smile and friendliness.

He noted that the government was concerned for the safety of visiting athletes and added that vehicles would be available to transport athletes from hotels to the venues for competition. He noted that the Province will enforce road safety to ensure confidence among visitors and residents during the Games.

The Governor added that he hopes the Thai people who compete will look back fondly at their time in Chiang Mai and that the motto “Friendship Above All Else in The Chiang Mai Games” would come true.


The Chiang Mai Mail is proud to join the Royal British Legion and Golferholic’s in presenting the Poppy Golf match at Green Valley Country Club on Friday October 26, 2012


Thailand beats China to win Asian women's volleyball championship

ALMATY, Sept 17 -- The Thai women's volleyball team has made sports history by beating the Chinese team in the final of the 3rd Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup on Sunday in Almaty, the Kazakhstan capital.

The Thai team defeated China three sets to one (30-28, 24-26, 25-21 and 25-20), crowning the tournament for the first time and qualified for the 2013 World Grand Prix in Japan.

Kazakhstan swept over Vietnam in three straight sets to take third place.

In 2010, Thailand lost to China in the AVC Cup final in straight sets.

Onuma Sittirak also won three awards - Most Valuable Player, Best Scorer and Best Spiker.

Nootsara Tomkom won Best Setter award.

The Thai team will return to Bangkok tomorrow. (MCOT online news)

Photo Courtesey: http://www.asianvolleyball.org/


Bangkok to set a new hula hoop world record

BANGKOK, 16 September 2012 (NNT) - M.R. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the Governor of Bangkok, today opened an event that aims to encourage Bangkok residents to play hula hoops for their health.

The event is held at the Thai-Japanese Youth Center sports field. The Bangkok Governor said the event was intended to promote exercising among public members in order to gain a better health to be dedicated to His Majesty the King on his 84th birthday anniversary.

Another objective of the event is to set a record for the Guinness Book of World Records. The goal is to have no less than 8,484 people taking part in the exercise. The event has seen great support from members of all communities throughout Bangkok. All attendees are to join in setting a world record of simultaneous hula hooping. The record will be included in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Information and Source
Correspondent : Itiporn Lakarnchua
Rewriter : sirinthip sitabutr
National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Elephant Polo in Hua Hin

Poppy Appeal golf charity event

National Games in December

The Chiang Mai Mail is proud to join the Royal British Legion and Golferholic’s in presenting the Poppy Golf match at Green Valley Country Club on Friday October 26, 2012

Thailand beats China to win Asian women's volleyball championship

Bangkok to set a new hula hoop world record