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World #1 beach volleyball duo signed up for Phuket Open

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PHUKET: The world’s top female volleyball players have all signed on for this year’s Phuket Open women’s beach volleyball tournament to be held on Karon Beach from November 2 to 7.

Event manager Geoffrey Rowe, Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and Phuket Sports Association director Chedthawit Tantipanwadee participated in a meeting last week to iron out details for the event and supporting activities.

More than 100 professional women’s volleyball teams from 33 countries will be participating in this year’s competition, with the top three teams in the world among them, Mr Rowe said.

Some of the countries represented will be Germany, Brazil, USA, Italy, Russia, China and Japan. As host country Thailand will field six teams.

World champions and last year’s winners Jennifer Kessy and April Ross of the US will be back to defend their title, but are expected to face stiff competition from Brazilians Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta.

The Brazilian duo, currently ranked number one in the world, have won five tournaments already this year.

Also challenging for the top spot will be fourth-ranked Zhang Xi and Xue Chen of China and the German pair of Sara Goller and Laura Ludwig, who have placed second in three tournaments this year.

“This is a world-class tournament that will be broadcast live on television to over 30 countries around the world. This will be a great chance to let the world know more about Phuket – in terms of having ‘good’ tourism too,” Gov Tri said.

Running alongside the professional competition will be the Federbrau Inter-hotel Challenge, featuring 10 four-person mixed teams representing local hotels, and the PTT Inter-school Cup, with at least five schools participating.

Federbrau has put up 30,000 baht in prizes for this year’s Inter-hotel Challenge taking place from November 5 with finals on November 7 at 2pm at Stadium Court, Karon Beach, event organizer Bob Selznick told the Gazette.

The PTT Inter-school Cup will see 6-person teams made up of girls from local schools. Confirmed thus far are Phuket International Academy, British International School Phuket, Quality Schools International, Headstart and the SOS Children’s Village.

The Inter-school Cup finals will be played on the morning of November 7, with trophies and gift sets provided by PTT.

If any more schools would like to join this year’s competition, please contact Mr Selznick at: [email protected]

There is free admission for all matches, professional and amateur.

The Gazette is once again a proud sponsor of this event and fully supports the growth of beach volleyball in Phuket.

— J. Upatising & N. Altstadt



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Phuket tourist decides hotel awning more comfortable than his room

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PHOTOS: Rawai Rescue workers / Phuket Tourist Police

The Phuket Tourist Police have been notified that a tourist had jumped from a building in Rawai and ended up on a steel awning covering the bottom floor today. But that wasn’t, in fact, what had happened.

The local Tourist Police say the owner of the building told staff at the Tourist Assistance Centre that the tourist had checked into the room on February 13.

The tourist didn’t actually jump down from the building but had moved a mattress from his room on to the awning and slept on it (mosquitos!!) He was also drunk and damaged some property inside the room.

The man is a 37 year old Estonian tourist. He was staying at the room with a 25 year old male friend.

Chalong Police have charged them both with being drunk and damaging property. They have said that they will pay for all damages to the owner of the property. They are heading back home on February 26.

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Patong motorbike racer arrested and fined – VIDEO

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PHOTO: Patong Police

Patong Police yesterday arrested a motorbike racer after identifying him and his motorbike from video clips that were popular in social media this week.

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after video clips went viral in local social media.

Read more about the racing around Patong’s streets HERE.

Patong Police report that they have now arrested one motorbike racer and charged him with the maximum fine.

Patong Police are also asking motorbike rental operators to explain basic traffic rules for motorbike drivers who want to rent a motorbike.

(The Thaiger is assuming this would be covered when they get their motorbike license, which they are required to have before a motorbike is rented to them.)

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500 free helmets handed out to motorbike drivers in Patong

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Patong Development Foundation together with Patong Police and Patong Municipality have given 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong today under the campaign ‘Wear your helmet’.

Handing out the 500 helmets to motorbike user in Patong was led by Patong Police Chief Col Anothai Jindamanee, Patong Municipality Chalermluck Kebsup and President of Patong Development Foundation Preechawut ‘Prap’ Keesin.

Col Anothai says, “Many motorbike drivers have been injured and died in road accident. We want 100 percent of motorbike drivers and passengers wearing helmets. ”

“More motorbike riders are now wearing helmets as the number of not wearing helmet charges has been dropping in Patong with better enforcement.”

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