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Phuket sports organizations make it to SPIA Asia finals

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PHUKET: A handful of Phuket events and sports businesses have made the final shortlists of the 2016 Asian Sports Industry Awards (SPIA Asia) and will be competing against the best in Thailand and Asia for a prestigious SPIA award this year.

A total of 72 Thai entries made the final shortlist for SPIA Asia 2016 in a variety of categories, it was announced last week.

The awards are endorsed and supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and SPIA Asia.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Bangkok from October 3-4.

From Phuket, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and the Phuket Rugby 10s were listed under ‘Best Amateur Sports Event of The Year in Thailand’. The Laguna Phuket Marathon was recognized in the ‘Best Mass Participation Event of the Year’ and British International School Phuket was awarded a place in ‘Best Sports Youth Academy of the Year in Thailand’ category.

Several Thai organizations were listed in the ‘Sports CSR Initiative of the Year’ category. They were Human Run by Days Poet Company (Thailand); Kings Cup Elephant Polo by Chao Phaya Resort Limited (Thailand); and Care for Cancer Run by Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel (Thailand).

The Senior Asian Wrestling Championships by the Thai Amateur Wrestling Association (Thailand) was listed in the ‘Best Live Experience at a Professional Sporting Event’

Centara Grand, the Bangkok Convention Center and the Honda LPGA Thailand by Siam Country Club Pattaya were listed in the ‘Best Hospitality, Recreation or Leisure Offering in Sports’ category. The Youth Development by Thai Amateur Wrestling Association (Thailand) scored in the ‘Best Sports Youth Program of the Year’ category and Siam Inter Multimedia PCL (Thailand) was recognized as one of the ‘Best Sports Organization of the Year’.

The National Olympic Committee (Thailand) made it into the ‘Best Sports Marketing Campaign of The Year’ for their feature ‘Team Thailand – Millions for One’, and Lab Bangkok made it into the ‘Best Use of Social Media in Sport’ category.

The Lab Bangkok also made it into the ‘Best Sports Recreation Facility of the Year In Thailand’ category, along with Centara Grand Bangkok & Convention Center; Royal Bangkok Sports Club; Siam Country Club Pattaya; The Green Cycle Track at Suvarnabhumi Airport; Muang Pattaya Sports Complex; and True Arena Hua Hin.

The Asian Sports Industry Awards series is the official celebration of business leaders, organizations, facilities and campaigns at the forefront of the sporting industry, that have made a contribution to the growth and development of sport across the Asian region over the past 12 months.

It was founded by MMC Sportz, a Dubai and Manila based sports advertising and communication agency, and Sport360, the leading daily sports content provider in the Middle East and North Africa.

Speaking at the announcement, Lt Col Ruj Saengudom, Deputy Governor for Professional Sports and Privileges, Sports Authority of Thailand, said, “Thailand has seen tremendous growth in the sports arena in recent years, both in terms of athletes’ skills and the appearance of Thai athletes at international competitions all over the globe, including the Olympics and World Championships, and also in terms of our domestic facilities and sports industry.

“SPIA Asia is a great opportunity for Thailand’s sports industry to gather with key players in international sports and showcase Thailand’s talents and we hope to pick up a few of the prestigious awards which would be an additional catalyst and motivator for our local organizers and brands to encourage them to further invest into the local sports development.

“We are excited about hosting SPIA Asia 2016 from October 3-4 in Bangkok under the MOTS and SAT sanction and encourage our local sports community to participate and to reach out to the Asian Sports industry Community during the awards and the conference.”

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Torrential rains again wash away parts of Pattaya Beach, more on the way

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Heavy rains have caused flooding and beach erosion on Pattaya’s recently reclaimed beach yesterday afternoon. The torrential rain continued for many hours around Central Pattaya. Heavy rains are also expected again today (forecast below).

Many areas ended up flooded causing local traffic hazards and delays. Water flooded down storm drains and onto Pattaya’s beaches and into the sea, literally washing the beach away in some locations.

Tourists and swimmers avoided the water as they saw “an unidentified white substance on the water’s surface”. The white scum appeared to look like some sort of detergent or foam which had washed down the city’s drains.

Last year some 400 million baht was spent re-building some of Pattaya’s beaches which end up damaged and washed out to sea any time there are heavy rains.

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Toilet break goes wrong when trucks collide in Pattaya, injuring two

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The driver of a ten-wheeler truck got more than he bargained for after stopping for a toilet break at the side of the road in Pattaya.

Pattaya Update News reports that 57 year old Jirawat parked his truck on the Krathing Rai-Rayong road at about 1.30am over the weekend. While he was away from his vehicle, attending to business, a six-wheeler truck ploughed into the back of his truck.

The driver of the six-wheeler, 42 year old Suthin, suffered head injuries, while his 45 year old wife passenger, Netchanok, sustained a leg injury. Both occupants of the truck had to be cut free by rescue workers before being rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, Jirawat says the sound of the crash startled him, causing him to fall over and urinate on himself. Returning to his vehicle, he alerted the authorities. It’s unclear what, if any, action will be taken by police against either of the drivers.

SOURCE: Pattaya Update News | ThaiVisa

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