North-Chiang Mai University to host the World University Weightlifting Championship
North-Chiang Mai University will host the
4th annual World University Weightlifting Championship this year. (Photo
courtesy of World University Weightlifting Championship in 2014 /
North-Chiang Mai University has been chosen to host the 4th World
University Weightlifting Championships 2014 from December 5 to 8, 2014.
Athletes, officials and media from 163 member countries of the
Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International
University Sports Federation) or FISU as well as athletes from countries
that are not members will join the competition. No less than 1,500
competitors, coaches, and officials are expected to take part.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Charoenrit Sa-nguansat said the University
was chosen by the Office of the Higher Education Commission, the
University Sports Board of Thailand and FISU to be the host of the
competition. Chiang Mai Province has appointed a committee to manage the
competition and appointed the president of North-Chiang Mai University
as Chairman of the Committee and has held meetings to prepare.
North-Chiang Mai University has already sent out letters of invitation
and received confirmation from five countries that plan on sending their
weight lifters. All participants will stay at Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel
for ease of access and the province will provide transportation.
This is the 4th annual championship, the first was held in Komotini,
Greece, the 2nd held in 2010 in Taichung, Chinese Taipei and the 3rd was
held in 2012 in Eilat, Israel where Thai athletes grabbed a gold and
More information can be found online: www.chiangmai wuwc2014.com and
www.chiangmaiwuwc2014.net Fan Page: WUWC2014Chiang Mai.
Lamphun boys surprise Chiang Mai in National Youth Championships
Bunchuai was named Batsman of the Tournament for
By Richard Lockwood
Supporters of cricket in Chiang Mai can be very proud of their junior
cricketers as teams representing Lamphun and Chiang Mai provinces faced each
other in both the boys and girls finals of the National Youth Championships
recently held in Lopburi.
The two northern provinces have proved themselves to be much further
advanced on the cricket field than the rest of Thailand and it is a
remarkable achievement that Lamphun, playing in the boys competition for the
first time, have so quickly caught up with Chiang Mai which had always been
the dominant force in the tournament organised by the Cricket Association of
Lamphun surprised Chiang Mai in the boys final by defeating them 3-1 in a
bowl out after the match had been tied, but Chiang Mai beat Lamphun in the
girls final by 26 runs. The children from the two provinces have benefited
from receiving a high level of coaching and from having the opportunity to
play cricket regularly. The two boys teams have been playing in the Chiang
Mai Senior League as Lanna Juniors (Lamphun) and CPP School (Chiang Mai) and
members of Chiang Mai Lanna Cricket Club should be applauded for their
support of a junior team that has won immediate and welcome success.
Lamphun girls came in 2nd to
Chiang Mai at the National Youth Championships in Lopburi.
Lanna Juniors players won three of the individual awards
at the National Youth Championships, with Bunchuai being named as batsman of
the tournament among the boys, while Nok and Songdao who have also played in
the Chiang Mai league won awards as all-rounder and bowler of the girls
Lanna’s support for these talented children has paid rich dividends, as has
the dedication of CMSCA coaches Chris Dodd and Martin Papworth, as regular
players from Lamphun were joined by boys and girls from Mae On and Buak Croc
Noi School in Chiang Mai where coaching has continued even after funding
from Cricket Association of Thailand was withdrawn last year.
Chiang Mai had previously dominated the boys competition by winning all four
previous tournaments but this year they had to face a serious challenge from
newcomers Lamphun who were playing in the competition for the first time.
Lamphun won all four of their group matches to qualify for the semi-finals,
beating Chantaburi by 7 wickets, Lopburi by 10 wickets, Khon Kaen by 8
wickets and Chonburi by 9 wickets. In all four matches their recipe for
success was similar, accurate seam bowling from Cher and Chanchai as they
claimed early wickets with Bunchuai turning to his leg-spin later in the
innings. The captain then set his side on the course to victory with
determined support from fellow opener Chanchai, followed by some lusty blows
from the improving Boom.
Khon Kaen had been surprised to be beaten by Lamphun in the group match but
they had a second chance as they faced them again in the semi-final but the
result was even more emphatic as Lamphun made 142 for 1 in 15 overs to win
by 51 runs to reach the final.
Chiang Mai were also unbeaten in their group, beating Mahasarakham by 10
wickets, Bangkok by 10 wickets, Petchabun by 96 runs and Uttaradit by 50
runs and they reached the final by defeating Phuket in the semi-final.
Chiang Mai and Lamphun had proved themselves as the strongest two teams in
the tournament, as had been expected as both teams have been playing regular
cricket against adult sides. Chiang Mai were favourites to win the final on
the basis that they had won all four previous tournaments and because CPP
had beaten Lanna Juniors in the Chiang Mai Senior League on the previous
Bunchuai had been run out from the first ball of the match against CPP so he
was determined to make up for a rare mistake and he saw his side to a total
of 111 for 2 in 15 overs. Chiang Mai looked second best for most of their
innings but they are a dangerous batting side and a boundary from the last
ball of the match levelled the scores with Chiang Mai finishing on 111 for
A bowl out was necessary between the two evenly matched teams and Lamphun
won 3-1 with Boom, Bunchuai and Cher hitting the stumps and with Chanchai
not required. To hit the stumps three times out of four was a great effort
and summed up the hours of practice the Lamphun players have put in the net
at Muangwak School that in many ways has been the catalyst for this success.
The girls competition ran a very similar course with Lamphun winning all
three of their group games batting second and only losing one wicket in the
process, and Chiang Mai were just as dominant in winning three matches out
of three in their group. In the semi-finals, Lamphun beat Mahasarakham,
while Chiang Mai beat Srisaket.
Could Lamphun do the double by winning the girls final or would the more
experienced Chiang Mai team hold off their local rivals? It looked like the
match would be closely contested when Chiang Mai were restricted to 97 in
their 15 overs, a useful total but easily within reach if Lamphun made a
Openers Nok and Nai had been unstoppable in the early matches but both fell
early, although Aree pushed the ball around well before being run out. Too
much was left to the lower order and Chiang Mai eventually won by 26 runs.
Chiang Mai and Lamphun were clearly the best two teams in both boys and
girls competition and it is an outstanding achievement for Lamphun to have
matched the powerful Chiang Mai teams within such a short time. The
superiority of these two teams is down to the coaching, the practice
facilities and the wonderful opportunities to play cricket against adults on
three magnificent grounds.
Two weeks before the tournament, Lamphun’s hopes of matching Chiang Mai
looked out of reach as one of the schools in Lamphun refused to allow their
children to attend the tournament because of a music competition. A hastily
arranged junior match at Prem became a trial game to find new players and no
fewer than 12 boys and girls were added to the squads from Mae On and Buak
Kroc Noi Schools.
In many ways the Lamphun teams in the National Youth Championships were
combined CMSCA teams with Chris Dodd and Martin Papworth gaining reward for
their hard work over the last few years, but the contribution of Chiang Mai
Lanna CC cannot be overlooked as sponsors and members alike have supported a
junior team and given these young players the chance to play a high level of
At the same time that the finals of the National Youth Championships were
being held in Lopburi the Lanna Vagrants were playing in a final themselves
as they faced Pattaya in the Bowl final of the Southerners Social Sixes held
in Bangkok. Pattaya, who will be visiting Chiang Mai on the weekend of 22nd
and 23rd February, just held on to win from the last ball but Lanna had won
their first trophy for finishing sixth in an eight-team tournament won by
Lanna also had a successful time off the field as they were presented with a
donation of 7000 B for their work with the juniors which has already been
passed on to the CMSCA and the club was also given two bats and other
equipment which will also be put to good use. Thanks to Vaughan McClear at
the Southerners and all the competing teams for being so generous.
Lanna must be complimented for their support of junior cricket and it was
also a tremendous gesture from the club that they paid for Lamphun’s boys
and girls teams to have a celebratory party the following weekend at the
Sukhontha Buffet on Huay Kaew Road in Chiang Mai. It is hoped these talented
children will be playing cricket for years to come.
Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces will be competing in the cricket
competition in the National Youth Games which is being held in Srisaket in
For information on all local cricket please see www. lannacricket.org
Payap students excel in the National University Sports Competition
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Penpilai Riteakananone,
Interim President of Payap University along with administrators
congratulated the athletes who competed in the 41st National University
Sports Competition, Mor Din Daeng Games. Nattapanlert Auapinyakul, a 1st
year student of the Faculty of Business Administration, grabbed 2 gold
medals in Shooting the 10 M. Air Pistol Men and 50 M. Pistol Men, and
Thaksaporn Darunnard, a 2nd year student of the Faculty of Economics
took home 3 bronze medals from swimming in the 50 meter butterfly, 100
meter butterfly and 200 meter butterfly.
9th Wichai Wittaya School Mini-marathon raises funds for charity
Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School will host a
mini-marathon fundraiser on February 16, everyone is welcome to
participate. The race starts at 6 a.m.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Wichai Wittaya Bilingual School in Chiang Mai will be holding their 9th
annual mini-marathon to raise funds for the Friend in Need (of Pa)
Volunteers Foundation under the Thai Red Cross. The winner of the
mini-marathon will receive the Royal Trophy of HRH Princess Soamsawali
on February 16, 2014.
The event will start at 6 a.m. on February 16 at the school located on
Chang Klan Road. In addition to the 11km mini-marathon there will be a
Walk and Wheelchair race for 2.5 km and Spinning for 9 km.
The mini-marathon, which will raise funds for the Friend in Need
Foundation in honor of HM the King on his 87th birthday, will also
promote exercise, health care and build unity in line with the Ministry
of Education’s directive to create activities that allow young people to
exercise and benefit themselves and society.