Connect with us

Phuket

Phuket Sports: Siam’s motocross mania; Reds and Blues to Bangkok; Futsal Cup; Thai Open

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

BANGKOK (The Nation): Thailand’s best bikers will go up against the global elite for the first time when the 2013 FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) Motocross World Championship Grand Prix of Thailand makes its debut in the Kingdom in March.

The race weekend will be hosted at the Pinthong Industrial Estate 3 track in Chon Buri from March 8 to 10, drawing global attention and an expected windfall of hundreds of thousands of baht.

Thai riders will compete in a national meet to determine the 12 wild cards for the grand prix.

Ahead of their debut in the competition, Thai riders will get guidance on techniques and tactics from Dutchman Jan Postema, a former world motocross champion.

The race is one of 18 stops in Europe, South America and Asia on the motocross World Championship calendar.

The Motocross World Championship Grand Prix of Thailand will be televised live to more than 100 million households in over 120 countries.

Man Utd and Chelsea heading to Bangkok
PHUKET: Manchester United will visit Bangkok from July 11-13 and Chelsea will spend a week in the capital from July 12-18.

Singha Corporation’s Sports Marketing Director Jaturon Himathongkom is delighted that two of the English Premier League’s biggest teams have chosen to come to Bangkok.

“This will be the first time two English Premier teams visit Bangkok at the same time,” said Jaturon, who added that United’s full schedule for the Thailand trip would be announced in the coming weeks.

Chelsea’s schedule will include a match against a Singha Thailand Allstar XI in the Singha Cup, on Wednesday July 17 at the Rajamanagala National Stadium, Bangkok.Chelsea’s visit to Bangkok is part of their “2013 Here to Play, Here to Stay” tour of Asia, taking in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Chelsea will engage in several activities during their week-long trip, including a soccer clinic at Bangkok’s Super Kick stadium, charity work and a sightseeing cruise along the Chao Praya River.

“They will train in more than one stadium, with some sessions open to the public. They will also visit Siriraj Hospital to offer their well-wishes to His Majesty the King,” said Jaturon.

Some 100 rooms at Bangkok’s Shangri-La Hotel are already reserved for some 60 players and staff, with Jaturon confirming that first-team players are expected to make the trip “unless they are committed to big games or are injured”.

Jaturon dangled another enticing prospect for local fans, saying that Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs could be visiting Thailand in the near future thanks to Singha’s alliance with new EPL sponsor, Carlsberg.

Futsal Continental Cup
PHUKET: Thailand is planning to host a new futsal tournament, the Continental Cup, featuring champions from six continents later this year.

The event, to be held between November 1 and 10 at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium and Nimibutr Stadium in Bangkok was initiated by Football Association of Thailand (FAT) President Worawi Makudi.

The capital’s 12,000-seat Indoor Futsal Arena in Bangkok, which was built at a cost of 1.3 billion baht primarily for last November’s Futsal World Cup, failed to host a single game as it didn’t meet FIFA’s safety standards for the event, and is not on the list of host venues for the Continental Cup.

The six continental champions from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America and Oceania will do battle against FIFA World Cup champions Brazil and hosts Thailand.

Eight teams will be divided into two groups of four each for the cross-over semi-finals and then on to the final.

“We will stage the AFF Futsal Championship in October at the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium and Nimibutr Stadium before the Continental Cup. It’ll be a dress rehearsal for our team before the big event, which we intend to stage every year,” said Worawi.

Harrington to play Thai Open
PHUKET: Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington, defending champion Chris Wood and Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2014, Paul McGinley, will light up the fairways of the US$1 million Thailand Open next month, at Bangkok’s Thana City Golf & Sport Club.

Also joining the impressive line up are Japanese legend Shingo Katayama and Kim Kyung-tae – the rising star of Korean golf.

“There is no question that this year’s Thailand Open features one of its strongest ever fields. This will be the first time Padraig Harrington will play in our national Open and we are thrilled that he has taken time out of his busy schedule to join our event,” said Rungsrid Luxitanonda, on behalf of the Thailand Golf Association (TGA) and Singha Corporation.

“Our national Open has made remarkable progress since it returned to the golf calendar in 2009 after a brief hiatus. The tournament has reemerged as one of the region’s premier national Opens, particularly with it now being jointly sanctioned by the JGTO,” added Rungsrid.

Star attraction Harrington won his second successive British Open Championship title in 2008. Fellow Irishman McGinley is a four-time winner on the European Tour and has played on three winning Ryder Cup teams.

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand2 hours ago

Department head predicts Covid-19 could last up to another year

World3 hours ago

Swedish prison hostage situation resolved with pizza

Thailand5 hours ago

Minister: foreigners, migrant workers are cared for amid Covid-19

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

“Withhold Intubation” for certain older Thammasat Hospital patients

Coronavirus (Covid-19)10 hours ago

Bang Sue vaccination centre open for expats 60+, under must wait

Coronavirus News & Updates10 hours ago

“Covid-19” deaths said to cause crematorium in Bangkok to partially collapse

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand10 hours ago

Nakhon Sawan farmers make large profits growing fingerroot as Covid cure

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Leaked document: military arranging private Moderna vaccines

Thailand12 hours ago

Nakhon Si Thammarat arrest drug suspect hiding in jar

Media12 hours ago

19 year old man drowns in a Kanchanaburi river while rescuing his puppy

Thailand12 hours ago

Online registration site up for interprovincial travel permission

Thailand12 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Sandbox tweak, ‘filthy rich’ visa, Chon Buri restrictions | July 23

Phuket12 hours ago

18 infections today in Phuket creeps closer to 90/week threshold

Thailand13 hours ago

BMA plans to open 53 “community isolation centres”

Thailand13 hours ago

Rural Kanchanaburi students struggle with lessons

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8

Trending