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Phuket Governor – Nisit Jansomwong together with PPAO President – Paiboon Upattising recently hosted a press conference to announce a New Year celebration “Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015,” at Raya Room, Royal Phuket City Hotel. The two officials were joined by PPAO officials and representatives from Phuket Tourism Authority of Thailand as well as the local media.
“Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015” will be staged from December 29 to 31, 2014, at Sanamchai Field in Phuket Town. The celebration aims to boost local tourism, generate income for the community and provide an opportunity for tourists and locals to ring in the New Year together. By observing the New Year alongside other countries, Phuket hopes to raise its calibre as a tourist destination.
Under the slogan “Opening the new sky to a magical, illuminated land – solidarity for all – happiness to the people of Phuket,” spectators will enjoy underwater scenes lit up by hundreds of lights and lanterns (to pay homage to Phuket as the Pearl of the Andaman). Adhering to the government’s reconciliation policy, this year’s celebration will feature a zone displaying HM’s speech on unity to drive home the idea of solidarity and peaceful co-existence.
The whole area of Sanamchai Field will be divided into three main areas as follows:
Zone 1: (at the entrance of Sanamchai opposite Provincial Hall) Magical underwater tunnel of 25 meters long decorated by thousands of LED lights, and dotted by sea creatures.
Zone 2: Information area comprising of boards announcing daily activities, words of New Year’s wishes, and animal of the Chinese horoscope, the sheep.
Zone 3: Magical and illuminated land, land of unity and return happiness to the people. This zone is divided into two further areas, namely: a) solidarity area – “Follow in the footstep of the King to forge unity in Thai society,” displaying the King’s speech to inspire social integration, reconciliation, solidarity and peaceful co-existence. This area is decorated with numerous yellow lights and a 4-m tall golden Bodhi tree; and b) area dedicated to Phuket tourism promotion.
President Paiboon said that the spectacles presented in this celebration reflect Phuket as the Pearl of the Andaman and its beautiful landmarks such as Laem Promthep. There are also many stage entertainments throughout the three nights leading to the year’s end countdown.
Official opening of the celebration is scheduled to take place on December 29 which kicks off with the performance by P Sadern Band, while the 30th will see artists from Fe Fang Kaew group. On the final day, December 31, famous bands such as Carabao, B-King and Kan Tee will perform while colorful fireworks accompany the countdown to the New Year. Additionally, there are contests for “Young Cultural Ambassador to the Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015,” to promote sense of cultural heritage in young people and the general public. Applications are reserved for youth of 13 – 20 years old, in teams or individuals, who have special skills in Thailand’s traditional crafts, arts or performances. Winner will received 10,000 baht educational grant as well as a trophy.
“I would like to invite everyone, locals and tourists, to come and join us in the fun-filled “Colorful Countdown Phuket 2015” at Sanamchai Field on December 29 – 31,” said President Paiboon.
Thailand look set to capture overall ABG crown
The 4th Asian Beach Games on November 21 saw a total of 16 gold medals on offer. The Thailand athletes delegation performed superbly to capture six gold, four silver and one bronze medals comprising six gold and four silver in air sports and one bronze in beach athletics.
Thailand stay at the top of the medal tally with 41 gold, 31 silver and 31 bronze leaving the defending overall champions China in a distant second with 15 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze medals. A total of 40 gold medals are up for grabs in the remaining two days and hosts Thailand stand a chance of winning some more gold in Muay Thai, sepaktakraw and body building and look set to capture the overall champions for the second time. Thailand reigned supreme for the first time in the second Asian Beach Games in Oman in 2010.
All 16 gold medals at stake on November 21 were as follows.
Air Sports, 8 gold: Indonesia took the men’s individual accuracy paragliding, South Korea claimed the men’s team accuracy, Thailand clinched the women’s individual accuracy, women’s tem accuracy, men’s precision, men’s individual economy, men’s all round overall and men’s team economy.
Beach Athletics, 4 gold: Bahrain made a clean sweep of four gold in the women’s individual cross country, women’s team cross country, men’s individual cross country and men’s team cross country.
Beach Modern Pentathlon, 1 gold: South Korea took the lone gold on offer in the mixed team.
Beach Soccer, 1 gold: Iran captured the title.
Beach Sepak Takraw, 2 gold: Brunei and Laos won the men’s triple and women’s triple team events respectively.
1. Thailand (41-31-32)
2. China (15-10-19)
3. South Korea (7-12-11)
4. Japan (7-4-6)
5. Iran (6-9-7)
6. Indonesia (6-6-10)
7. Mongolia (6-0-4)
8. Kazakhstan (5-5-9)
9. Vietnam (4-7-19)
10. UAE (4-3-5)
34 gold up for grabs on penultimate day
Beach Athletics: 3 gold (women’s long jump, women’s 4x60m relay and men’s 4x60m relay) at Naiyang Beach
Beach Handball: 2 gold (men’s team and women’s team) at Karon Beach
Water Polo: 1 gold (men’s team) at Karon Beach
Body Building: 6 gold (men’s 60kg, men’s 65kg, men’s 70kg, men’s 75kg, men’s 80kg and men’s 85kg) at Karon Beach
Muay Thai : 16 gold (men’s 48kg light flyweight, men’s 71kg flyweight, men’s 54kg bantamweight, men’s 57kg featherweight, men’s 60kg lightweight, men’s 63.5kg light welterweight, men’s 67kg welterweight, men’s 71kg light middleweight, men’s 75kg middleweight, men’s 81kg light heavyweight, women’s 48kg light flyweight, women’s51kg flyweight, women’s 54kg bantamweight, women’s 57kg featherweight, women’s60kg lightweight and women’s 63.5kg light welterweight) at Patong Beach.
Water Ski: 6 gold (women’s team slalom, men’s team slalom, women’s team Tricks, men’s team Tricks, women’s team wakeboard and women’s team wakeboard) at Bang Niew Dam Reservoir.
Thai chef-de-mission confident of hosts’ winning overall title with more than 40 gold
Thana Chaiprasit, chef-de-mission of the Thailand athletes delegation in the 4th Asian Beach Games, expressed his confidence that the Thai athletes will capture more gold medals than the amount of 40 gold they had initially targeted.
“I believe that Thailand will be crowned the overall champions for the second time for sure because there are more competitions which the Thai athletes are capable of winning gold such as MuayThai, sepaktakraw and air sports,” Thana said.
“One of the influential factors which will help Thailand claim more gold medals is how our athletes can get familiar with the weather conditions. Moreover, defending overall champions China, Japan and South Korea did not send their strong field this time because they have just completed their campaign in the Asian Games aside from the reason that there are many major competitions this year.
“I think our Thai athletes are very successful in these Asian Beach Games. Probably, there are no sports associations from which their athletes failed to make their mark. In terms of hosting the Phuket Games, the Olympic Council of Asia had earlier blamed us a bit about the transportation system. We have really improved everything and put things in right place which have greatly impressed all 42 participating nations,” Thana concluded.
Rains postpone two events in ABG on Nov 19
A total of three gold medals were on offer in the extreme sports on November 19. However, due to the afternoon heavy rains, the organizers decided to relocate the venue of the Skateboard – Games of Skate competition, which saw the event contested at the Saphan Hin Indoor Gymnasium instead. Also, the organizers have postponed the Skateboard – Stunt Park event.
According to the competition results, Thailand captured two gold, two silver and one bronze medals.
Meanwhile, the beach modern pentathlon competition, which saw only one gold medal at stake in the men’s individual event, was also cancelled, leaving only eight gold medals to be contested on November 19.
Thailand took a majority of four gold, five silver and two bronze medals which comprised two gold and two silver in woodball, two gold, two silver and one bronze in extreme sports, one silver in jetski and one bronze medal in beach athletics. The host nation maintain their commanding lead at the medal tally with 29 gold, 20 silver and22 bronze medals.
Gold medallists on November 19 were as follows.
Two gold in beach woodball: Thailand swept both gold medals in the men’s and women’s stroke events.
Two gold in beach athletics: Iran took the men’s long jump and Kuwait claimed the men’s shot put.
One gold in jetski: Indonesia bagged the Runabout Endurance Open
Three gold in extreme sports: Hong Kong took Skateboard – Game of Skate, Thailand clinched two gold in Inline Skate – Best Trick and BMX Park – Best Trick events.
According to the medal standing on November 19. Thailand lead the medal charge after capturing 29 gold, 20 silver and 22 bronze medals, while Japan came in second place with six gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Mongolia (6-0-3), Iran (5-7-6), China (5-5-13) finished third, fourth and fifth places respectively.
The sixth place overall went to Kazakhstan (5-4-6), while South Korea (4-4-3), the UAE (4-3-4) and Indonesia (4-2-8) finished seventh, eighth and ninth positions. Next hosts Vietnam were placed 10th overall after collecting three gold, six silver and 15 bronze medals.
26 gold up for grabs on Nov 203
Beach Athletics: 3 gold (men’s high jump, men’s 60m and women’s 60m) at Naiyang Beach
Beach Modern Pentathlon: 2 gold (men’s individual and women’s individual) at Naiyang Beach
Beach Sepak Takraw: 1 gold (women’s beach trio) at Patong Beach
Petanque: 2 gold (men’s triple and women’s triple team) at Patong Beach
Extream Sports: 3 gold (Skateboard – Stunt Park, Skateboard – Best Trick, Inline Skate – Big Air, BMX Park – Big Air) at Saphan Hin Sports Centre
Sailing: 5 gold (women’s Laser Radial, men’s Laser Standard, boy’s Optimist, girl’s Optimist, Hobie 16 Open) at Karon Beach
Windsurfing: 3 gold (men’s RSX, women’s RSX, men’s RS One) at Karon Beach
Water ski: 7 gold (women’s slalom, men’s slalom, women’s wakeboard, women’s wakeboard, men’s team tricks, men’s tricks, women’s tricks) at Bang Niew Dam Reservoir
Hosts make one-day haul of 12 out of 14 gold at stake
Thailand’s total gold medals came from three gold in extreme sports, two gold apiece in woodball, beach sepak takraw, jetski, beach petanque and one gold in water ski. Thailand still sat on top of the medal tally with an aggregate 25 gold, 15 silver and 20 bronze medals, while Japan finished a distant second with six gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
A total of 14 gold medals were on offer on November 18 were as follows.
Two gold in woodball: Thailand took the men’s and women’s stroke team events.
Two gold in beach sepak takraw: Thailand swept both gold medals in the men’s and women’s team events.
Two gold in jetski: Thailand claimed both gold medals in Sport GP and Runabout Open.
Two gold in beach petanque: Thailand took the men’s and women’s singles.
One gold in water ski: Thailand clinched one gold in the Mixed Cable Team Overall (Cable Wakeskate-Cable Wakeboard)
Two gold in beach basketball: Qatar took the men’s team event, with Chinese Taipei claiming the women’s team title.
Three gold in extreme sports: Thailand made a clean sweep of three gold at stake comprising the BMX Park – Flatland, BMX Park – Stunt Park and Inline Skate – Stunt Park.
Thailand remain at the top of the medal standing with 25 gold, 15 silver and 20 bronze medals. Japan came in second place after winning six gold, three silver and three bronze medals. The third position went to Mongolia with six gold and three bronze medals.
Defending overall champions China (5-5-12) captured the fourth spot, while Kazakhstan (5-4-5), Iran (4-7-6) and South Korea (4-4-3)finished fifth, sixth and seventh places respectively.
The UAE (4-3-4), Vietnam (3-6-15) and Indonesia (3-2-7) came in respective eighth, ninth and 10th positions.
10 gold up for grabs on Nov 19
Beach Athletics: 2 gold (men’s long jump and men’s shot put) at Naiyang Beach
Beach Modern Pentathlon: 1 gold (men’s individual) at Naiyang Beach
Jetski: 1 gold (Runabout Endurance) at Patong Beach
Woodball: 2 gold (men’s stroke and women’s stroke) at Karon Beach
Extreme sports: 4 gold (Inline Skate – Best Trick, BMX Park – Best Trick, Skateboard – Stunt Park and Skateboard – Game of Skate) at Saphan Hin Sports Centre
Thailand takes 4 gold to stay top of medal tally
A total of 21 gold medals were initially on offer in the 4th Asian Beach Games on November 17. However, extreme sports have cancelled four gold medals due to be at stake on Monday, leaving only 17 gold medals to be up for grabs which saw hosts Thailand claim four gold, one silver and five bronze medals.
Thailand’s four gold medals came from two gold in jetski (Ski Open and Runabout 1000cc Superstock), one gold in woodball (men’s fairway team), one gold in Kurash (women’s under-63kg). Their one silver medal came from woodball and five bronze medals included two in jetski, two in petanque and one in beach wrestling. The host country retained their commanding lead in the medal standing with an aggregate 13 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals.
Meanwhile, Japan clinched two more gold medals in triathlon to surge to the second place overall with six gold, three silver and three bronze medals.
The 17 gold medals contested on Monday are as follows.
Two gold in beach wrestling: Iran took the men’s under-80kg freestyle, while Kazakhstan grabbed the women’s over-60kg freestyle.
Three gold in Kurash: Thailand snatched the women’s under-63kg class, Tajikistan bagged the men’s under-90kg class and Lebanon took the men’s over-90kg class.
Two gold in marathon swimming: China made a clean sweep of both gold on offer in the men’s and women’s 10km distance.
Two gold in petanque: Singapore and Laos captured the respective men’s and women’s shooting.
Three gold in triathlon: South Korea took the men’s triathlon, while Japan clinched the remaining two gold in the women’s triathlon and mixed triathlon team relay events.
Two gold in woodball: Thailand took the men’s fairway team, with Vietnam claiming the women’s fairway team event.
Three gold in jetski: Thailand snatched the Ski Open and Runabout 1000cc Superstock, while Indonesia claimed the Runabout Stock event.
According to the medal standing as of November 17, Thailand stay at the top of the medal tally with 13 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze medals. Japan came in second place with six gold, three silver and three bronze medals, with Mongolia in third place with six gold and three bronze medals.
Defending overall champions China finished fourth with five gold, four silver and nine bronze medals, while Kazakhstan (5-4-5), Iran (4-7-5), the UAE (4-3-4) came in respective fifth, sixth and seventh positions. South Korea (4-2-2), Vietnam (3-5-4) and Indonesia (3-2-6) finished eighth, ninth and 10th places respectively.
17 gold up for grabs on Nov 18
A total of 17 gold medals are up for grabs in the 4th Asian Beach Games on November 18 as follows.
Beach Basketball: 2 gold in men’s team and women’s team at Karon Beach
Beach Woodball: 2 gold in men’s stroke team and women’s stroke team at Karon Beach
Beach Sepak Takraw: 2 gold in men’s team and women’s team at Patong Beach
Jetski: 2 gold in Sport GP and Runabout Open at Patong Beach
Beach Petanque: 2 gold in men’s singles and women’s singles at Patong Beach
Extreme Sports: 3 gold in BMX Park – Flatland, BMX Park – Stunt Park and Inline Skate – Stunt Park at Saphan Hin Sports Complex
Water Ski: 4 gold in women’s Team Cable Wakeskate, women’s Team Cable Wakeskate, women’s Team Cable Wakeboard, Men’s
Team Cable Wakeboard, Men’s Team Cable Wakeskate at Bang Niew Dam Reservoir.
Japan sweep four gold, Iran win wrestling
A total of 12 gold medals were up for grabs in the 4th Asian Beach Games on November 15, which saw Japan rule the day with four gold medals comprising three gold in triathlon and the remaining one in wrestling. All the medals contested on Saturday were as follows.
Marathon swimming, 2 gold medals: Kazakhstan and China shared one gold apiece after winning the respective men’s and women’s 5km events.
Beach wrestling, 2 gold medals: Iran took the men’s 70kg freestyle gold, while the women’s 50kg freestyle gold went to Japan.Foot volley, 1 gold medal: Thailand captured the lone gold on offer.
Kurash, 2 gold medals: Iran claimed the men’s under-66kg title, with Vietnam sealing the women’s under-52kg crown.
Sport climbing, 2 gold medals: Indonesia snatched the men’s individual speed, while Kazakhstan took the women’s individual speed.
Hosts Thailand claimed an additional one gold, two silver and three bronze medals to maintain their second place overall with a total of five gold, six silver and nine bronze medals. Mongolia still top the medal standing with six gold and two bronze medals. In third position were the UAE (4-2-4), while Japan (4-1-2), Kazakhstan (3-3-3), Iran (2-5-3) came in fourth, fifth and sixth places respectively. Pakistan (2-3-1) finished seventh position, with Indonesia (2-0-5), the Philippines (2-0-2) and Vietnam (1-2-9) in eighth, ninth and tenth places respectively.
Thailand grab one-day four gold to lead medal charge
Beach petanque: Vietnam took the mixed doubles gold.
Water ski: South Korea and China claimed the respective men’s and women’s wakeboard.
Beach wrestling: Iran captured the men’s under-80kg freestyle gold, South Korea took the women’s under-60kg freestyle, Uzbekistan claimed a majority of two gold medals in the men’s under-73kg freestyle and under-81kg freestyle, while Chinese Taipei won the remaining gold in under-57kg freestyle).
Sport climbing: Kazakhstan snatched the men’s team speed relay; with China claiming the women’s team speed relay gold.
Squash: Hong Kong sealed the women’s singles and India the men’s singles.
At the end of the day, Thailand surged to the top of the medal standing with nine gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals, followed by Mongolia with six gold and two bronze medals. The third place went to Kazakhstan with four gold, three silver and five bronze medals.
The UAE (4-2-4) finished fourth, while Japan (4-1-3), Iran (3-6-4) and defending overall champions China (3-2-5) came in fifth, sixth and seventh positions.
South Korea (3-1-2) finished eighth, with Vietnam (2-4-10) and Pakistan (2-3-2) in ninth and 10th places respectively.
OCA President impressed by Asian Beach Games hosts Thailand
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Asian Council of Asia (OCA) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), presided over the awards presentation to give away the medals in two divisions, men’s under-90kg and men’s open in the ju-jitsu competition. Also attending in the ceremony at Karon Beach on November 14 was Tourism and Sports Minister Korbkarn Wattanavrangkul.
After the ceremony, the OCA President expressed his satisfaction over Thailand and Phuket in particular in hosting the 4th Asian Beach Games.
“Phuket’s preparations for hosting the Games is very satisfying. They have good public relations about the Games and the staging of the competition has also met the required standard. Personally, I love Thailand. I have travelled to this country quite often. My impression of Thailand this time is not different. Phuket is a beautiful city with lots of fantastic tourist attractions. I was not wrong to select Phuket as the host for the Asian Beach Games,” said Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
“Unlike the indoor competitions, the outdoor events faced uncontrollable situations including the unexpected weather conditions such as heavy rains, strong winds and rough seas and changing tides which have already affected the competition sites. We have to improve and adjust it according to different situations,” he added.
Hosts Thailand claim two gold to move up to second place
The beach flag football competition saw the host side brush off Kuwait 58-39 in the final showdown to win the gold medal. Kuwait clinched silver, with Japan and China sharing the bronze medal.
In the woodball contest, Thailand made a one-two finish when Peera Chaisongkram narrowly edged Siraphop Wannapin 3-2 in the all-Thais showdown in the men’s fairway event. The shared bronze medal went to Indonesian Sumariyanto Ahris and team-mate Susilo Marga Nugraha.
Indonesian Putri Dwi Tiga stunned Thailand’s Siripat Karinit 3-2 to win the women’s fairway gold, the first Games gold of Indonesia. Vietnam’s Nguyen Huyen Trang and Phan Thi Phuong claimed one bronze apiece.
At the end of the day, host athletes moved up to the second place overall in the medal tally after collecting four gold, four silver and six bronze medals. Mongolia remain at the top of the medal charge with six gold and two bronze medals.
Games open with spectacular ceremony
The curtain finally rose on the 4th Asian Beach Games on the evening of November 14 at the Saphan Hin Sports Center in Phuket, with Privy Councilor and the Royal Representative Gen Surayuth Julanon presiding. Also attending the ceremony were Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Phuket Governor Nisit Chansomwong and Thai sports key persons.
The Opening continued with the march-past ceremony of the athletes from 43 participating countries and the procession of the OCA and the Asian Beach Games Flags. Thai-Czech powered paraglider Jiri George Macak, who captured three gold medals at the 3rd Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China two years ago, was the flag-bearer to lead the Thai athletes to the stadium.
The ceremony went on with the fourth performance “Miracle of the Charming Sunshine”, followed by the run of defending beach volleyball champions Varapatsorn Radarong and Tanarattha Udomchavee, carrying the Games Flame.
The women’s duo then passed the Games torch to extreme sports BMX rider Chokchai Wanitsakul. He used an RC model aircraft to carry the Games Flame to be lit at the cauldron with the height of eight metres from the sea level, located near the shore, marking the official start of the 4th Asian Beach Games.
Twelve gold medals on offer on November 15
A total of 12 gold medals will be at stake in the 4th Asian Beach Games on November 15 consisting of two gold in marathon swimming (men’s 5km and women’s 5km), two gold in beach wrestling (men’s 70kg freestyle and women’s 50kg freestyle), one gold in men’s team foot volley, two gold in Kurash (men’s under-66kg and women’s under-52kg), three gold in triathlon (men’s and women’s duathlon and mixed team duathlon), two gold in sport climbing (men’s individual speed and women’s individual speed).