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Phuket teen nets badminton gold

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PHUKET CITY: Phuket badminton star Maneepong Jongjit, 18, helped to secure Thailand’s first-ever gold medal at the Yonex-Sunrise BWF World Junior Championship in Malaysia earlier this month, winning the mixed doubles title with partner Rodjana Chuthabunditkul.

Maneepong and Rodjana overcame Indonesian duo Angga Pratama and Destiara Haris Della by two sets to one (21-19, 14-21, 21-17) in 38 minutes to write their names in Thai badminton history.

Ratchanok Intanon, 14, completed a golden week for the Land of Smiles when she overcame compatriot Porntip Buranaprasertsuk 21-15, 21-23, 21-10 in the final of the girl’s singles, becoming the youngest ever World Junior Champion.

Maneepong and Rodjana went into the final full of confidence on the back of an impressive straight sets win over second seeds Liu Peixuan and Xia Huan of China.

The Thai duo took a close first set before losing the second by seven points, handing the momentum to their opponents.

Despite the setback, Maneepong and Rodjana rallied back in the final game to secure the victory.

After returning to Phuket, Maneepong told the Gazette that he was proud to have brought success to Thailand and Thai badminton.

“I am glad and very proud that Rodjana and I have won this trophy for Thailand,” he said.

“I want to say thank you to my parents for encouraging me and to Sutthipong Tanpongjareon, who always supports me.”

Maneepong has been playing badminton for 11 years, starting out when he was just seven years old.

With his first global title under his belt, Maneepong now has ambitions to bring further success to Thailand in the future.

” I hope to be able to represent Thailand at the Olympic Games some day,” he said.

“I will try my hardest to win gold and bring more success to my country.”

— Kitima Pornmongkhonwat

 

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Thailand News Today | Pfizer vaccines on the way, Phuket’s July re-opening | May 7

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Disease Control Department back-peddled saying that that foreigners living in Thailand WILL also be vaccinated, governor of Chiang Mai is calling for the ban on dining in at restaurants in the northern city to be lifted and for eateries to be allowed to serve food on-site until 9pm, Tourism and Sports Minister insists the southern island of Phuket must record zero Covid-19 cases if a planned July re-opening is to go ahead, and 150 million baht worth of methamphetamine pills were impounded in Nakhon Phanom yesterday

 

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Phuket red zone list adds Krabi, Trang, Ranong, Phatthalung

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FILE PHOTO: The Phuket checkpoint now lists 25 provinces as a red zone.

Visitors to Phuket from Krabi, Trang, Ranong, and Phatthalung will now have to prove they’re vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arrival, as they’ve been added to the red zone province list. People entering without those qualifications will have to take a rapid antigen test on the spot before being allowed into Phuket.

The 4 provinces join a group of 21 other provinces already on the Phuket red zone list requiring strict measures to enter. That list even includes Phuket itself, as people do exit the province have to prove a negative test or vaccination before being allowed to re-enter.

Phuket’s vice governor made the announcement yesterday after the governor signed the order and put it into effect until at least May 15th. That same order requires all trucks transporting goods to travel from 11 pm to 5 am, the nighttime hours that other people are not allowed to enter the island. Phuket recently closed its entry checkpoints from late night to early morning after reports of exhaustion from the health officials working to test everyone or verify their credentials.

Delivery drivers will also have to pass the same requirements as red zone province arrivals before entering Phuket. Any driver who does not have a negative test within 72 hours or proof that they’ve received both doses of a vaccine approved by Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, will be forced to wait until the regular checkpoint opens at 5 am to receive a rapid antigen test.

Over 40,000 people from red zones have now been tested at the checkpoint to enter Phuket. In the first week of the requirement which began on April 22, health officials tested more than 22,000 people, overwhelming staff and prompting the government to close the entrance from 11 pm to 5 am to give checkpoint workers a break.

The 25 provinces currently classified as a red zone for entering Phuket are as follows:

Bangkok Nakhon Pathom Pathum Thani Rayong Suphan Buri
Chiang Mai Nakhon Ratchasima Phatthalung Sa Kaeo Surat Thani
Chonburi Nakhon Sri Thammarat Phuket Samut Prakan Tak
Khon Kaen Narathiwat Prachuap Khiri Khan Samut Sakhon Trang
Krabi Nonthaburi Ranong Songkhla Udon Thani

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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