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A successful 3rd SPIA Asia – Asia’s Sports Industry Awards & Conference came to a close with a black-tie Awards Gala Dinner with , Mr Nattavuth Ruengves, Deputy Governor for Elite Sports and Sports Science of Sports Authority of Thailand and Mr. Somyot Poompunmoung, President of the Football Association of Thailand and more than 400 VIP guests in attendance, gathered to celebrate the best-of-the-best in Asia’s sports industry at Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld.

Attended by global sports agencies, governing bodies, international sports federations, global and Asian brands, event organisers and industry suppliers, the Awards Gala followed the two-day “The Business of Sports – Asia’s Sports Industry in the Fast Lane III” conference which saw presentations and panel discussions from 35 leading sports experts and influencers from around the world as well as the presentation of the English Premier League Trophy by former Chelsea FC player and Club Ambassador Paulo Ferreira, and the Bundesliga Trophy by FC Bayern Munich.

Having received almost 400 SPIA Asia award submissions from 47 countries in 23 categories (17 Asian categories and six Thailand categories), the Awards Committee Members and the independent judging panel consisting of 27 high profile industry experts diligently scored Bronze, Silver and Gold winners in each category.

“The standard of award submissions and competition has been exceptionally high this year. Having started with almost 400 entries, all were subject to a fair and transparent judging process that culminated with thorough appraisals by a panel of 20 experts. In many categories the scoring was extremely close and the Bronze, Silver and Gold winners announced at the SPIA Asia Awards Gala should be very proud of their achievement,” commented Mr. Eric M. Gottschalk, CEO of MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, organizer of SPIA Asia – Sports Industry Awards & Conference 2017.

Sharing the limelight with global sports properties such as the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, La Liga, or Badminton World Federation are many homegrown Asian brands and events, underscoring the depth and professionalism of Asia’s rapidly growing sports industry such as The Music Run or the Red Bull Air Race World Championships 2017. The pubic voting category for ”Best Sportswear Brand” resulted in over 30,ooo online votes for 33 brands with ADIDAS bagging “Gold” with receiving a staggering 45% of all the votes.

Founded and Organised by MMC Sportz Marketing LLC, SPIA Asia is endorsed and supported by Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the Sports Authority of Thailand and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and is the premier conference and awards platform, and a must attend event for Asia’s sports industry.

“Showcasing two of the biggest football league trophies in the world at SPIA Asia this year was very special and is a sign of the importance of sports in the region and of SPIA Asia to the industry. In addition to recognizing the industry’s best sports businesses and brands, at the core of SPIA Asia is the desire to support and grow the industry, and to also give back.

Working with Helping Hands we raised USD5,000 for the AFC Dream Asia Foundation through the sale of sports memorabilia at SPIA Asia to support a dedicated CSR project in Thailand which will be administered by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) in close coordination with the Football Association of Thailand (FAT),” added Mr. Gottschalk. “This years event has been a tremendous success and we are looking forward to announcing the 2018 host city before the end of December.”

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SPIA ASIA 2017 AWARD WINNERS

SPIA ASIA 2017 AWARD WINNERS

Best International Sporting Event sanctioned by an International Federation

Gold: Australian Open 2017

Silver: WGC-HSBC Champions

Bronze: Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Best Global Sports Organization Operating in Asia

Gold: Badminton World Federation

Silver: Spartan Race Inc.

Bronze: UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship)

Best Sports Tourism Destination of the Year

Gold: Funtastic Subic Bay

Silver: Visit Victoria

Bronze: Amazing Thailand

Best Football Organization of the Year recognized by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

Gold: Arabian Gulf League (AGL)

Silver: J-League

Bronze: Football Association of Thailand (FAT)

Best Live Experience at a Sporting Event

Gold: HSBC Women’s Champions

Silver: BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

Bronze: VISA Football Night

Best eSports Event of the Year

Gold: ESL One Genting

Silver: Rifts Rivals – Red Rift

Bronze: Manila Masters 2017

Best Extreme Sports Event of the Year

Gold: Red Bull Air Race World Championships 2017 – Abu Dhabi

Silver: Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2016 Finals

Bronze: Spartan Race

Best Mass Participation Event of the Year

Gold: Standard Chartered KL Marathon

Silver: Sina 3×3 Golden League Basketball Tournament

Bronze: Cobra Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia Pacific Championship

Best Sports Marketing Agency of the Year

Gold: Lagardère Sports

Silver: IMG

Bronze: Mediapro Asia Pte Ltd

Best Sports Digital Platform of the Year

Gold: Standard Chartered KL Marathon App

Silver: Sina Sports

Bronze: FourFourTwo

Best Sponsorship of a Sport, Team or Event (above USD 250,000.00)

Gold: Manchester City FC by UBTECH

Silver: VISA Football Night

Bronze: HSBC Hong Kong Rugby Sevens

Best Sponsorship of a Sport, Team or Event (below USD 250,000.00)

Gold: Sunriser Hydearbad & Allied Blenders & Distillers Association

Silver: Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority

Bronze: Daman’s ActiveLife Color Run

Best Integrated Marketing Campaign for a Sports Event

Gold: Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Silver: VISA Football Night

Bronze: BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

Best Sports CSR Initiative of the Year

Gold: 2017 Xiqiao Mountain Blind Half Marathon

Silver: Cityzens Giving

Bronze: Nepal Earthquake Relief Program- AFC School Rebuilding Project

Best Youth Development Program of the Year

Gold: The Daman Future Champions Programme (DFCP)

Silver: Chelsea Football Club International Development Programme

Bronze: Football for Life Academy (F4LA)

Best Sports Event Hospitality Offering

Gold: Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Silver: BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global

Bronze: Australian Open 2017

Best Sportswear Brand of the Year (Public Voting)

Gold: Adidas

Silver: Nike

Bronze: Puma

Best Amateur Sport Event in Thailand

Gold: Laguna Phuket Marathon

Silver: Laguna Phuket Triathlon

Bronze: FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand 2017

Best Sponsorship of Sport, Team or Event in Thailand

Gold: MoneyGram Goal

Silver: Toyota Thai League

Bronze: The Music Run by AIA Vitality

Best Sport Event Arena Venue and/or Training Center in Thailand

Gold: Black Mountain Golf Club

Silver: Pattana Golf Club & Resort

Bronze: Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort

Best Sport Event Organizer in Thailand

Gold: IMG

Silver: MICE & Communication Co., Ltd.

Bronze: Media Event Design Co., Ltd

Best Sport Youth Development Program in Thailand

Gold: Pattana Football Club

Silver: FINA Scholarship Programme

Bronze: AIA Youth Football Development Campaign

Best Sport Event Supplier in Thailand

Gold: Cournot and Nash Co. Ltd.

Silver: Vivaldi Seasons Co. Ltd

Bronze: Media Event Design Co. Ltd

Top Asian sports brands & events recognised at 2017 SPIA Asia Awards | News by The Thaiger

SPIA Asia 2017 is sanctioned and organized in partnership with:

Ministry of Tourisms and Sports (Thailand), Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau,

SPIA Asia 2017 Main Event Partners: Lagardère Sports, SMG Insight, The Juice Plus+ Company, SPIA Asia 2017 Industry Partners: RSportz, Abu Dhabi Sports Council, Ultron Sports, Nielsen Sports, SPIA Asia 2017 Media Partners: TrueVisions, Asia Sponsorship News, Luxury Society Asia

SPIA Asia Partners: Centara Grand at CentralWorld (official hotel), Platinumlist (ticketing platform), Infinity Communications (Media & PR), The Sponsorship Experts (Sponsorship & Marketing), with Helping Hand Group as the Auction house and AFC Dream Asia Foundation as the Charity Partner.

For official winner list and SPIA Asia 2017 event information, please visit HERE.

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Anti-Corruption Commission official sentenced for pointing loaded gun at taxi driver

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A National Anti-Corruption Commission senior official was sentenced by the Criminal Court to 1 year in jail with a 2 year suspension for pointing a loaded .38 Colt pistol, threatening a Bangkok taxi driver back in 2018. Nation Thailand called it a “very lenient” sentence.

The assistant secretary general of the commission, 54 year old Piset Nakapan, must also pay a fine of 31,000 baht. He was charged with weapon in violation of Section 309 of the Criminal Code, carrying a weapon in public, threatening others, and violating the Firearms Act.

Footage from the taxi’s dashboard camera shows Piset getting out of his car and pointing the loaded gun at the taxi. He said to the driver, Pipat Seesa-on, “Why are you following me? Drive back and use another road.”

At the trail, Piset confessed to the charges and gave Pipat 2,000 baht as compensation. Since he confessed, the court commuted his sentence in half, cutting down the 2 year jail term to just a year and a 62,000 baht fine down to 31,000 baht. His jail term is suspended for 2 years, with mandatory probation check-ins every 4 months.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post

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Some tourism officials concerned with political climate, ask government to open dialogue

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In the midst of Thailand reopening its borders to foreigners on the Special Tourist Visa, political protests have only grown in Bangkok and are now being held in cities across Thailand. Now tourism operators are worried and are asking the government to engage in dialogue with the protesters. President of the Tourism Council of Thailand Chairat Trirattanajarasporn says he’s worried about another coup (Thailand’s had 12 since 1932) being used to solve the problems rather than talking it out.

“If the situation’s gone too far, I am concerned a coup will worsen the economy and affect the country’s image on the global stage… A coup is not the ultimate solution to the problem.”

Now that the protests are spreading across the country, Chairat says some tourist destinations could be impacted. In Bangkok, traffic has been blocked on busy intersections by thousands of protesters. BTS and MRT stations have also been shut down during some protests. He adds that people also tend to save their money during times of protest movements rather than spending it on trips.

“At this moment, the government has to show protesters and Thais the improvements they have brought about during the past 6 years, instead of harassing them for speaking up.”

On the flip side, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn says he’s checked with TAT’s 29 overseas offices that have been monitoring international feedback and no one has reported concerns with Thailand’s political climate, adding that the visitors on the Special Tourist Visa are sticking with their plans to travel to Thailand.

“It is too early to assess the impact on tourism as mass gatherings have occurred recently and there has been no violence.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Thaiger News, posted daily around 5pm, Thai time, with all the latest updates, news and information.

Court orders suspension of Thai TV news channel during political protests

The Criminal Court has agreed to suspend the Thai media company Voice TV for allegedly violating the State of Emergency orders which prohibit media content “considered to be a threat to national security”.

Talk about the Voice TV shut down has been circulating for a few days, along with threats to close down other media voices. It’s not the first time Voice TV has come to the attention of the NCPO, in the past, and the current government.

The digital ministry spokesperson said this morning that “Voice TV will be suspended”. The order applies to all of the company’s online platforms, including social media accounts.

They’ve also instructed the closure of The Standard, The Reporters, Voice TV, Prachatai and the Free Youth movement Facebook page. But, for now, those media platforms still seem to be online.

House Speaker confirms agreement for special parliamentary session

The Speaker of the lower house of Parliament has confirmed that there is cross-party agreement for an extraordinary parliamentary session to be convened in the wake of the ongoing political unrest.

Chuan Leekpai has notified PM Prayut Chan-o-cha of the agreement to hold the special session in a bid to seek a political resolution to the conflict.

In his letter to the PM, Chuan calls on the cabinet to back the declaration of a special session. He proposes an initial general debate so MPs and senators can express their opinions and work towards a solution to the current impasse. The PM has already voiced his support for an extraordinary session of parliament.

Meanwhile, a number of opposition figures are calling for the state of emergency imposed on Bangkok to be lifted, declaring its implementation illegal and unnecessary.

Jailed Thai activists, protest leaders, pro-democracy doctor, released on bail

Thailand’s Appeal Court has granted bail to a number of anti-government protesters and protest leaders, on condition there is no repeat of the offences they’re accused of. Sort of doubt that’s going to stick.

They must also report to the court every 2 weeks. Protesters have been charged with sedition, violating the Covid-19 emergency decree by holding an illegal gathering, using an amplifier without authority to do so, and breaking the Computer Crimes Act.

Yesterday’s three “pop up” protests were held outside of central Bangkok and again surprised police. The protest gatherings all attracted up to 2,000 people each and were held, and then dispersed, peacefully, without police intervention.

Police threaten jail time for anyone taking selfies at protests

The State of Emergency recently imposed on Bangkok amid escalating political unrest carries some sweeping powers, some of them targeting the younger, connected mobile generation.

Police are warning that anyone taking a selfie at anti-government protests is risking 2 years in jail and a fine of up to 40,000 baht.

The emergency decree is being invoked in everything, from the arrests of protesters and their leaders, to the threat of restrictions being slapped on media outlets whose reporting is deemed unfavourable.

41 foreign tourists to arrive in Bangkok today on Special Tourist Visa after 7 month ban

Just 41 foreign tourists are expected to arrive in Bangkok today under the special tourist visa. A small, yet major step forward after a 7 month ban on international tourists which was put in place in late-March.

The visa allows a 90 day stay that can be renewed twice, adding up to about 9 months. But the tourists departing from Shanghai, China and arriving in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 5pm, allegedly, will only be in Thailand for 30 days, and that includes their 14 day quarantine.

The flight arriving today was first going to have 120 to 150 tourists, but now it’s down to just 41. We’ll soon know if they actually arrived. Never before has the arrival of so few tourists kicked up such interest.

Pickup truck crashes into elephant as herd runs across Chon Buri road

A herd of wild elephants running across a road in Chon Buri caused a driver to crash into one of the elephants, damaging his Isuzu pickup truck and injuring the passenger.

The man says he was heading to the province’s Ban Ang Kraden district when a group of about 20 elephants ran out of the forest and cut in front of his truck. He says he couldn’t stop in time and crashed into one of the elephants.

The injured animal didn’t stop and continued to run across the road, following the rest of the herd into the forest. Local officials are tracking the elephant’s footprints to find the injured elephant and provide medical treatment. The 20 year old passenger was rushed to hospital and is in a satisfactory condition.

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