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XII No.14 - Sunday July 14  - Saturday July 27, 2013

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2nd Muay Thai Warriors at 700 Year Stadium

Yutapoom Bunruang
The 2nd annual Muay Thai Warriors, World Thai boxing event was held at the 700 Year Stadium on June 28, 2013 where the famed Saenchai PKSaenchaigym took to the ring as well as the subject of a feature film Nong Toom or Parinya Charoenphol, who hails from Chiang Mai and used the winnings from fighting to pay for gender re-assignment surgery.

Famed transgender Muay Thai fighter Nong Toom Fairtex (Right) from Chiang Mai in a draw against Zahrah Memom from England (Left) at the 700 Year Stadium on June 28, 2013.

Promoter General Chaiyasit Shinawatra celebrated the opening with Chiang Mai Governor Tanin Subhasaen, President of the Provincial Administrative Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn and Chiang Mai Mayor Tussanai Buranupakorn. The gym was filled with Muay Thai lovers and boxing enthusiasts to watch matches that saw Nong Toom take on Zahrah Memom from England in a fight that ended in a draw.
Saenchai P.K. SaenchaiGym beat Rafael Bohic on points while Seeoui Sor. Sunantachai knocked out Anvar Boynazarov in the 2nd round. Superbon Tor. Prachuabmoh won on points against Kamel Mezatni, Nattakia Pran26 knocked out Lukas Quentin in the 3rd round, Phupingnoi Sakchatree won on points against Carl N’Diaye Lundgren and Danny Edwards knocked out Kasalong Wor.Por Lampang in the 3rd round. In the women’s matches Muangsingjiew Sit-Palang won on points against Sylvie Von Douglas and special fight between Nong Toom Fairtex from Chiang Mai and Zahrah Memom from England ended in a draw.

13th Walk Run Charity Wanrapee Mini-Marathon

The 13th annual Walk Run Charity Wanrapee Mini-marathon will be held on August 3, Chief Justice of Region 5 Prakit Swuanpromma announced.

Nopniwat Krailerg
The 13th annual Walk Run Charity Wanrapee Mini-Marathon for HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Cup will be held on August 3, 2013 Prakit Suwanpromma Chief Justice of Region 5 and Chairman of His Royal Highness Krom Luang Ratchaburi Direkrit Foundation announced.
The Foundation, named after the Father of Thai Law, will hold the mini-marathon to raise funds for scholarships for needy students. The marathon will feature a fast walk of 3.5 km and those who reach the finish line will receive a medallion featuring His Royal HighnessKrom LuangRatchaburi Direkrit. In addition there will be 8 categories in the mini- marathon of 10.5 km where the winner in each category will receive the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn cup.
All walkers and runners are invited to submit their names for registration on August 2, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Chiang Mai Courts. The race will begin on August 3 at 6 a.m. in front of the Chiang Mai Courts.

Lanna Tigers remain at the top of the table

Chiang Mai FC with no losses

Lanna Tiger Supakit Jinajai moves the ball past a Kamphaengphet F.C. player at the home game at 700 Years Stadium on June 30, 2013. (Photo by Lek Changply).

Nopniwat Krailerg
Chiang Mai FC retained their place at the top of the AIS Regional League Division 2 Northern Zone table after drawing with Kamphaeng Phet F.C. and beating Uthai Thani F.C in their last two matches.
Chiang Mai FC met with Kamphaeng Phet FC at home on June 30 at the 700 Year Stadium and the hard fought match saw Sompong Deeram score a goal for the visitors one minute before the end of the first half. However, the home team fought back hard and Chatchai Nakwichit scored a goal for the Tigers giving them a 1-1 draw to retain their record.
On July 6 the Tigers visited Uthai Thani FC where number 6 Arnon Bubpha scored a hat trick giving the Tigers a sweeping 3-0 win over the home team.
The Tigers continue their march towards the finals with a hope to win the cup and move into Division 1.

Trip of a lifetime for Thai girls

Qualifiers for Women’s World Twenty20

The Thailand women’s team consists of Sornnarin Tippoch (captain), Nattaya Boochatham (vice-captain), Nanthanit Khoncan, Pundarika Prathanmitr, Ratanaporn Padunglerd, Nattakan Chantham, Chanida Sutthiruang, Sainnamin Saenya, Phira-On Khamla, Naruemol Chaiwai, Rattana Sangsoma, Premwadee Doungsin, Sirintra Saengsakaorat.

By Richard Lockwood
Thailand women’s cricket team left their training camp in Chiang Mai and headed for Ireland on 16th July as they set off on an exciting journey to take part in the qualifying competition for the next Women’s World Twenty20.
The Thailand team’s last weekend in Chiang Mai saw them meet up with Asian Cricket Council Development Officer Venkatapathy Raju who played Tests and One-Day Internationals for India and was looking to give them as much last minute advice as he could.
The girls had two days’ intensive training at Royal Chiang Mai, the scene of their greatest triumph when they defeated China in the final of the ACC Women’s Championship in January.
Thailand women enjoyed a pair of convincing victories against the boys’ team from CPP as they bowled out their young opponents for well under a hundred in both matches. Venkatapathy Raju took the ball himself so the girls could gain experience against his still highly respectable left-arm spin.
The opposition will be much tougher in Ireland where Thailand have been drawn in a group with Pakistan, Netherlands and Zimbabwe. Thailand’s first match on 23rd July comes against Pakistan who have been preparing with a series of matches against England.
Pakistan are one of the favourites to win the competition, particularly as they have just beaten England in a T20 match, but Thailand will have the chance to play six matches in nine days against countries from around the world.
The other group is made up of Sri Lanka, who beat England and India during the last World Cup, along with hosts Ireland, Canada and Japan, and after the initial group stages the teams will be divided into Super Four and Plate competitions.
The last day of the competition on 31st July will see the teams play off for their final positions, with the two finalists and the winner of the third place play-off qualifying for the World Twenty20.
If Thailand can win a match early in the tournament and reach the Super Four, a place in the World Twenty20 could be within their reach. This would mean Thailand would be ranked in the world’s top ten and would soon be facing England or Australia. What an achievement that would be for Thailand’s women cricketers.
Thailand takes to the pitch on July 23 against Pakistan, 24th against the Netherlands, and the 26th against Zimbabwe. The 28th will see Super Four and Shield matches while the play offs are on the 31st.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

2nd Muay Thai Warriors at 700 Year Stadium

13th Walk Run Charity Wanrapee Mini-Marathon

Lanna Tigers remain at the top of the table

Trip of a lifetime for Thai girls


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