Chiang Mai Games comes to a close
Bangkok swept the games with 100 medals
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen waves the
flag of the National Games to end the competition. Suphan Buri will host the
next National Games in January, 2014.
The National Games came to a close on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at the
700 Year Stadium with Bangkok sweeping the Games with 100 medals. The
National Games were held from December 9-19 and saw athletes from all over
Thailand competing. More than 15,000 people attended the closing ceremony
presided over by the Governor of the Sports Authority Kanokphan Julkasem and
Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subahasaen.
The closing ceremony featured beautiful Lanna cultural provinces and saw
Governor Tanin hand the flag of the Games over to Suphan Buri who will host
the games in January 5-15 2014.
Governor Tanin Subhasaen Chiang Mai Governor said that Chiang Mai was
pleased to host the more the 12,716 athletes from around Thailand who
contended for 632 gold medals in 43 sports. Bangkok took 100 gold medals, 97
silver and 109 bronze while Chonburi came in second with 65 gold medals, 39
silver medals and 54 bronze medals. Suphan Buri was third, taking in 52 gold
medals, 38 silver medals and 40 bronze medals while hosts Chiang Mai were
fourth ranked with 33 gold medals, 46 silver medals and 47 bronze medals.
ladies led the closing ceremony which featured traditional dance
International cricket comes to Chiang Mai
Nikom Mayer made his senior debut for Thailand
at the tournament.
Chiang Mai played host to the Asian Cricket Council Trophy Challenge
where seven countries from across Asia competed to gain promotion into the
The qualifying stages saw Thailand drawn in Group A against Iran and
Singapore and Iran, while Bahrain, Qatar, China and Myanmar played in Group
The winners of the two semi-finals would gain promotion to the higher
division so they were two important matches played at Traidhos Oval.
Singapore defeated Qatar by 39 runs in the first semi-final after showing
great depth in their batting by recovering from 95 for five.
Thailand played Bahrain in the second semi-final but their hopes of
promotion were dashed as Bahrain reached 250 for nine in 50 overs despite
the best efforts of the Thai spinners as 16-year-old Kushal Shah took four
Singapore showed they were the best side in the competition as they beat
Bahrain by 24 runs in the final at Traidhos Oval and Qatar finished in third
place by beating Thailand by eight wickets at Royal Chiang Mai.
Thailand finished fourth in the ACC Trophy Challenge for the third
time,which can be seen as an acceptable performance. Thailand’s spinners
were impressive with a trio of slow left-arm bowlers, Kushal Shah, Vichanath
Singh and Noppon Senamontree, being backed up by captain Ryan Raina bowling
Kittanu Saekue and Nikom Mayer both made their senior debuts for Thailand in
the tournament while Chaiphet Koramet and Bunchuai Sombatraksa were
reserves. Thanathit Jeerapanthawong completes the Chiang Mai connection: he
made his senior debut when he was 17 and is still fully involved as coach
and player at the age of 21.
The beautiful new ground outside of the city on the Mae Jo Road at Royal
Chiang Mai Golf and Cricket Resort hosted international cricket for the
first time staging five matches and the new ground was warmly applauded by
all who played or watched.
There were two four-team tournaments for men and women played over the
course of three days. Khon Kaen won all three matches in the men’s
competition to win gold ahead of Chiang Mai who won silver as Wanchana Uisuk
showed he was an impressive left-handed all-rounder.
Chiang Mai, Sri Saket and Uttaradit all won two matches out of three in the
women’s competition with Uttaradit winning gold on superior run-rate thanks
to a century from Chanida Sutthiruang against Bangkok.
The three-day event went very smoothly with a lot of the best Thai
cricketers taking part and the officials all working on a voluntary basis.
Cricket was a demonstration event in 2012 but it is hoped that it will
become a regular feature of future editions of the National Games which will
be a great boost for cricket in Thailand.
Chiang Mai is quickly becoming the home for international cricket in
Thailand as the ACC Women’s Championship will be held here in January 2013.
Members of the Thailand team have been training hard and took part in the
National Games and they played a match against Chiang Mai Lanna at Gymkhana
Club on Sunday 23rdDecember.
Suphan Buri ready for the 42nd National Games
Suphan Buri officials
announced their readiness to host the 42ndannual National Games that are
slated to be held in the province in January 2014 at a press conference held
at the Green Lake Resort on December 18. Kanokphan Julkasem, the Governor of
the Sports Authority of Thailand, Suphan Buri Governor Srisunthornpinich and
Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai Charoenrit Sanguangsat announced the next
National Games to be held in Suphan Buri between January 5-15, 2014 and the
National Disability Sports 32nd “Sri Suphan games” during February 10-14,
2014. Suphan Buri has twice hosted the National Games, in 1994 and 2006.