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Spikers return in triumph from World GP
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PHUKET: The Thai women’s volleyball team are still on cloud nine after clinching a best-ever finish of fourth in the FIVB World Grand Prix, which ended on Sunday.

It was the first time that Thailand have emerged as one ofthe best team in Asia in any FIVB-sanctioned tournament.

Thailand ended their 2012 World Grand Prix campaign with a bang, stunning three-time Olympic champions Cuba for the fourth time in a row and ensuring that they finished at least fifth in the six-team tournament. In the last match of the day, Asian Games and Asian winners China lost in three sets to world No 1 and defending champions USA to finish fifth and catapult Thailand to fourth.

The USA, unbeaten throughout the whole tournament, underlined their supremacy in the one-month multi-stop event with a hat-trick of victories. The team coached by Hugh McCutcheon claimed US$200,000 (about Bt6.3 million) for their efforts.

Beijing Olympic champions Brazil finished second to take home US$100,000, with Turkey in third place (US$75,000).

Thailand’s fourth place was their best performance in their 10 years’ competing at the World Grand Prix, having made their debut at the annual tournament in 2002. Last year, the Thai squad finished sixth after battling through preliminaries for their first-ever appearance in the Finals.

This year, Thailand pocketed US$55,000 (Bt1.7 million) in prize money.

Winless Cuba came bottom of the standings to claim US$30,000.

Thailand enjoyed a double delight when Nootsara Tomkom won the Best Setter Award to collect US$5,000 (Bt157,000).

There was more good news for the Thai team with Japan’s V-League inviting Onuma Sittirak and Pleumjit Thinkaow to play in their professional league. Meanwhile the Italian Volleyball League is also seeking the services of Onuma and Malika Kanthong as strong receivers.

The spikers arrived back on Monday night to a rousing welcome from a large crowd of fans and reporters waiting at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The players will gather again in a fortnight’s time to prepare for the AVC Asian Cup in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in September, the qualification tournament for next year’s World Grand Prix. In the meantime, most will compete for their own clubs in the Division A Volleyball Tournament, while four players – Malika Kanthong, Amporn Hyapha, Wanna Buakaew and Pornpun Kerdpraj – will join Thailand’s Saijo Denki team to play in Vietnam.

Athletes get B67m war chest for Olympic quest
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: The government has announced a 67 million baht war chest to prepare 37 athletes from 16 sports for the London Olympics, with taekwondo, boxing and weightlifting seen as Thailand’s top medal prospects.

Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) deputy governor Montri Chaipun says the budget is split into four categories: 5mn to send athletes to qualifying events, 34mn for camps and training, 20mn to send athletes to international events and 8mn for miscellaneous expenses.

The budget has been increased slightly since the 2008 Beijing Olympics where 60mn was spent on 51 athletes from 12 disciplines. In Beijing the country won two gold medals, one in weightlifting and the other in boxing, and a silver in taekwondo.

“Our expectations are focused on sports that yielded Thailand medals in past Olympics. But certain disciplines, such as shooting, might spring surprises,’ said Montri, who heads the commission in charge of Thai athletes’ preparation.

The Olympics are set to run from July 27 to August 12, but the first delegation of Thai officials will travel to England on July 12 to set up a training camp in Manchester.

“The time difference is crucial. We are six hours ahead of London … the sooner our athletes adjust to the new environment, the more confident they’ll be,’ said Montri.

On doping concerns, Thai chief of mission Thana Chaiprasith said the sports associations and athletes had been properly briefed, with athletes also subject to regular doping tests.

“We have been very watchful on this issue, so there should not be any cases [of doping] in the Thai delegation,’ said Thana who has been in the post since the Athens Games of 2004.

The first group of Thai athletes will leave for London on July 23 with the majority following on July 25. Thailand have won at least one gold medal at every Olympics since the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

Thailand Open dazzles with bigger stars
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: The Thailand Open will boast the strongest line-up in its history this year with an outstanding international field of golfers from the OneAsia Tour, Europe and Japan.

With Singha Corporation on board as top sponsor, the US$1 million tournament will tee off on August 9 at Suwan Golf and Country Club.

Top Thai golfers Thaworn Wiratchant, Prayad Marksaeng, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Prom Meesawat will battle for honours alongside defending champion Andre Stolz of Australia.

In an exciting development, European Tour stars Paul McGinley of Ireland and Englishmen Chris Wood, David Howell, David Horsey and Richard Finch will all be making their debut in the Thailand Open. Among them they have claimed 12 titles on the European Tour.

Shingo Katayama, Japan’s No 1 player on five occasions and winner of 26 events at home, will be one of the many top Japanese heading to Suwan.

“The Thailand Open will break new ground this year with a truly world class field thanks to the addition of five top players from the European Tour and a wealth of leading Japanese professionals. This is a first for our national Open and I am sure Thailand’s top golfers will rise to the challenge,” said Rungsrid Luxitanonda, on behalf of the Thailand Golf Association.

“Our national open has made remarkable progress since it returned to the golf calendar in 2009 after a brief hiatus. The tournament has emerged as one of the region’s premier National Opens. More star players will be announced in the forthcoming weeks as well as a formidable field from OneAsia,” added Rungsrid.

The event will be broadcast live to more than 400 million homes in more than 40 countries on ESPN Star Sports, SBS Golf Channel, OneWorld Sports, SuperSport and the Golf Network among others. Last year, Stolz triumphed after an enthralling head-to-head battle with Prayad.

Stars battle for knockout places at SangSom 6-Reds
Phuket Gazette / The Nation

PHUKET: Noppon Saengkham, 20 in a week’s time, provided Thailand with a much-needed victory as he won his second of five group matches at the 6 million baht SangSom 6-red World Championship at Bangkok’s Montien Riverside hotel yesterday

Noppon is battling alongside big names such as one-time world champions Steve Davis, Ken Doherty and Mark Ebdon, previous 6-red champions Jimmy White and Mark Davis, and world No 1 Mark Selby, the defending champ.

Noppon, the 2009 world junior champion, stunned world No 10 and former UK champion Matthew Stevens with a 5-3 win.

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Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is postponing his inaugural Covid‐19 vaccination citing paperwork issues with the AstraZeneca vaccine shipment. According to Khaosod English, the vaccine shipment was sent to Thailand last Wednesday from South Korea, but was missing the additional required paperwork.

Prayut was supposed to receive the vaccine tomorrow, but the highly‐publicised event will not be happening. According to Khaosod English, an official at the Secretariat of the Prime Minister has also confirmed the news of the postponement without citing a reason.

Although the Sinovac vaccine is also being administered in Thailand, healthcare officials say Prayut is too old to receive it as its age limit is 60. Prayut is 66 years old, which is well over the oldest age that can receive the vaccine.

The Sinovac vaccine drive is set to commence on Monday, 2 weeks behind schedule. Those frontline health workers, hospitality workers and vulnerable groups will receive the vaccines first.

Meanwhile, Phuket is waiting for the green lightto start administering vaccines and has already held a vaccine administration rehearsal overseen by Phuket Vice Governor Pichet Panapong along with other health officials.

Pichet says the first vaccine round of 4,000 doses should arrive early in March, with the 2nd and 3rd set of doses, 16,000 and 48,000 respectively, to arrive in April and May.

The government pandemic center reported 72 new confirmed infections on Friday, after first only reporting 45 new cases. 37 of those cases were locally-transmitted, and one 6 year old Thai girl returning from the UK was found to have tested positive for the virus. Samut Sakhon, again, reported over half of the new cases yesterday, as it remains the epicentre of Thailand’s second wave of the coronavirus outbreak.

The total virus tally in Thailand sits at 25,764, with 83 fatalities. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has not yet announced the amount of new cases for today.

There is no word yet on when PM Prayut will be rescheduled to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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Thailand reports 45 new cases of Covid-19cases today, with 37 infections being locally-transmitted. 8 of those infections were imported, raising the total amount of infections since the pandemic began to 25,809.

The Department of Disease Control reports that 32 cases were confirmed at hospitals with 5 confirmed through active case finding in communities.

Samut Sakhon province, the 2nd wave epicentre, reported over half of the new cases at 19. 14 of those cases were confirmed at hospitals and 5 were detected in Myanmar communities. Bangkok has reported 3 new cases, Nakhon Nayok reported 5, Chai Nat 3, Nakhon Pathom 3, Saraburi 2, Prachuap Khiri Khan 1, and Samut Prakan 1.

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The 8 imported cases were those under quarantine arriving from Pakistan, Bangladesh, the UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, and Kuwait. The case from the UK was that of a 6 year old Thai schoolgirl.

Globally, Covid-19 cases rose by 444,466 over the past day to 113.54 million. The worldwide death toll increased by 10,552 to 2.52 million. The United States still has the most cases at 29.5 million, with the most deaths at 520,785.

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