‘PV Sindhu is a legend’, Twitterati congratulate shuttler on Korea Open Super Series triumph

PV Sindhu avenged her loss from World Championships at Glasgow as she beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan 22-20 11-21 21-18 to claim her maiden Korea Super Series title.

PV Sindhu created history as she became first Indian shuttler to win Korea Super Series title on Sunday. Playing her first final in South Korea, Sindhu edged past Nozomi Okuhara in a hard-fought game that lasted for one hour 23 minutes. In a rematch of the World Championships final which was won by Okuhara, Sindhu avenged her loss from Glasgow and won the final 22-20 11-21 21-18 and claimed her third Super Series title.

Sindhu and Okuhara set up a summit clash for the second time in over three weeks since they had fought one of the greatest women’s singles matches in the World Championships final in Glasgow. The Indian shuttler hampered Okuhara’s bid to win her third straight title after winning the Australian Open and the World Championships. Sindhu, who had defeated the Japanese shuttler in the Rio 2016 Olympics, has now leveled her head-to-head record, making it 4-4.

The 2016 Rio Olympic silver medallist had clinched China Super Series in 2016 and has won India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold this season. She had won the India Open title by defeating Spain’s Carolina Marin.

2016 Summer Olympics: Soumyajit Ghosh, Manika Batra book their Rio berths

With no other country from the region participating in the South Asian Zone qualification event, the competition was restricted to the Indian paddlers alone.

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New Delhi: Indian table tennis players Soumyajit Ghosh and Manika Batra booked their Olympic tickets by winning their respective groups in the Asian Qualifiers in Hong Kong.

With no other country from the region participating in the South Asian Zone qualification event, the competition was restricted to the Indian paddlers alone and the four players in each section had to play against one another to grab a spot each.

Ghosh, keeping a clean slate and having won against A Sharath Kamal, Anthony Amalraj and Harmeet Desai, topped the group to go through while Manika and K Shamini had two wins each. However, Manika edged out Shamini having beaten her in the group match.

It was a bit of a shock as Sharath Kamal managed just one victory — beating Harmeet Desai 11-6, 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5 — but Ghosh (11-8, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7) and Anthony Amalraj (7-11, 4-11, 11-9, 9-11, 18-16, 11-6, 11-7) won their respective matches against the ace Indian.

Hampered by injury, Sharath Kamal was not at his best. On the other hand, Ghosh, apart from winning against Sharath, accounted for Harmeet (11-6, 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5) and Amalraj (11-8, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7).

Manika started badly losing the opening contest to Pooja Sahasrabuddhe 7-11, 9-11, 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 7-11, but recovered well to down Shamini (4-11, 11-9, 11-3, 15-13, 8-11, 11-9) and Mouma Das (11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6).

Shamini beat Mouma Das 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-5 and then Pooja 11-9, 11-6, 11-2, 13-11. But what hurt her chances badly was the loss she suffered to Manika in the second group match.

All is not list for Sharath Kamal, who will be competing in the main Asian Qualifiers which begin after the conclusion of other Zone qualifiers.

With other Zones throwing up winners, he would have a reasonable field to compete again in Hong Kong.

Even if he loses, Sharath should automatically qualify for the Games based on his Olympic rankings which the ITTF will release in the first week of May after all qualification tournaments end this month.

PTI

 

Source: http://zeenews.india.com/sports/others/2016-summer-olympics-soumyajit-ghosh-manika-batra-book-their-rio-berths_1876142.html

“Science Road” event to be held on Children’s Day

The Ministry of Science and Technology is joining hands with three other related units to organize a “Science Road” fair in conjunction with Children’s Day, at its headquarters on Rama VI road, Bangkok.“Science Road” is organized annually to celebrate the National Children’s Day on the second Saturday of January. This year’s event also celebrates the event’s 9th anniversary. Taking place from 8th-10th January, the event will include more than 100 activities to be featured at 47 experiment stations in different fields. It provides an opportunity for children to gain scientific knowledge in the form of edutainment.

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The activities will be conducted on the theme of light and soil to celebrate the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 developed by the United Nations in line with its International Year of Soils. Among them will be such topics as Nuclear for the Future, A World of Colorful Lights, Playing With Soil, Plant Growing, Genetics Decoding and the grand opening of a science exhibition on “Traditional Thai Wisdom Toys” by Thailand’s National Science Museum.

Similar events will also be held at the National Science Museum, in Klong Ha Area, Pathum Thani and at the National Science Museum’s Square at Jamjuri Square near MRT Samyan Station in Bangkok from 8th-10th January 2015 from 9am-5 pm. Free shuttle buses to the Ministry are provided at the BTS Victory Monument station.

– See more at: http://thainews.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNPBH5801050010018#sthash.mQuWwxEi.dpuf

Phuket to hold 16th Pencak Silat World Championship

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The island resort of Phuket has announced in a press conference on Saturday that the city will host the 16th Pencak Silat World Championship in early 2015.

This will be the second time that Thailand has organized such an event. In 2013 Thailand hosted the 15th event which was held in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Governor Nisit Chansomwong said Phuket felt grateful that the International Pencak Silat Federation had designated Phuket to be the host of 16th world championship. Pencak Silat is a popular sport in many ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Therefore, holding the event is also tightening relationships within ASEAN and also between the grouping and all members of the federation.

The competition is also a part of the plan to prepare Thai Pencak Silat athletes for the Asian Games in Indonesia in the next four years, when Pencak Silat will be included in the games for the first time. – See more at: http://thainews.prd.go.th/CenterWeb/NewsEN/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNECO5710120010003#sthash.Xj2RzcaB.dpuf

Thai women upset top seed China in volleyball

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NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand – The Thai team upset China in the semi-finals of the 17th Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship Friday evening.

Thailand won in five thrilling sets by the scores of 19-25, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, and 16-14, according to a Bangkok Post report.

China was the tournament’s number 1 seed. The Thai team had already beaten Japan, the second seed, earlier in the tournament.

Thailand is ranked 16th in the world and will now play in the finals on Saturday at 6 p.m. against either Japan or South Korea.

The Thai team won its only Asian title in 2009. China is a powerhouse which has won 12 Asian championships.

The 5,000-seat Chatchai Hall where the Thailand-China match was held was surrounded by floodwater on Friday because of heavy rain.

People had started queueing to buy tickets for the contest at 4 a.m., however, in spite of the wet conditions

– See more at: http://www.freedistrict.com/2-sport/3055/thai-women-upset-top-seed-china-in-volleyball.html#sthash.SVbHAxZU.dpuf

AOT holds emergency drill, builds confidence among passengers

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The Airport of Thailand (AOT) has held an emergency drill and a rescue mission, while assuring all sides that its readiness and standard meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Chairman of Airport of Thailand Sita Divari led a group of media to observe the emergency drill and rescue mission performed by the AOT officials. He said the drill was held with an aim to regain confidence among airlines and passengers.

According to the chairman, the operations of the firefighters and the rescue team on September 8th were effective. However, he said some mistakes will have to be corrected and must not be repeated in the future, adding that lessons learnt from the September 8th incident will help the officers perform faster and more cautious next time.

He also affirmed that the AOT’s fire and rescue departments are in line with the standard requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

On September 8th, Thai Airways International Airbus 330 from Guangzhou, China, skidded off the runway at Suvarnabhumi Airport as it was landing on, causing damage to its propellers and putting a fire at the right landing gear near the engine. Rescue officials have put out the fire and evacuated all the passengers to safety. 12 people among the 287 passengers on board the TG 679 flight were injured from shock and smoke choking.

Source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/newsen/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNECO5609140010003

Bangkok to host Car Free Day on Sep 22

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The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is prepared to organize activities under the Bangkok Car Free Day campaign on September 22 to promote commuting via public transport.

The Car Free Day events will be held under the theme “Share the Road” in a bid to encourage the use of public transport or bicycles instead of driving. The overall goal is to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. The planned activities include a cycling parade, historical tours through Rattanakosin Island, exhibitions and stage performances.

The BMA has also produced commemorative pins for the Bangkok Car Free Day 2013 which will be sold to the public at a price of 50 baht each. Anyone wearing the pin will be able to board the skytrain, the underground train, public buses and river ferries or rent public bikes for no additional costs on September 22, from 6 am till midnight.

The commemorative pins will be available for purchase at all 50 district offices across Bangkok. All proceeds will go to the Chaipattana Foundation.

The Car Free Day campaign was spurred on by the growing traffic congestion in Bangkok. According to the Department of Land Transport, the number of registered vehicles in the capital in the first half of the year is estimated at 8 million and the average speed at which vehicles can travel on the road has been decreasing since 2011.

Source: http://thainews.prd.go.th/centerweb/newsen/NewsDetail?NT01_NewsID=WNSOC5609040010004

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Ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal rallied from a game down to beat Thailand’s Porntip Buranaprasertsuk and enter the quarterfinals of the BWF World Badminton Championships on Thursday.

Saina, seeded third in the event, beat 15th seed Buranaprasertsuk 18-21, 21-16, 21-14 in a clash which lasted 52 minutes.

With this win, Saina also kept her all-win record against Buranaprasertsuk intact, having beaten her in their five previous encounters before today.

Saina’s most recent win against Buranaprasertsuk came last year during the Thailand Open.

Saina will next take on the winner of other pre-quarterfinal match between Sayaka Takahashi of Japan and Korea’s Yeon Ju Bae, who has been seeded 13th in the event.

Buranaprasertsuk started off strongly and surprised the Indian with better command over smash winners, sending down 11 of them in the first game.

But Saina regained her composure pretty quickly and roared back in the second game with nine of her trademark smash winners.

She kept up the pressure in the deciding game as well to emerge triumphant after the initial scare.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/badminton/Saina-Nehwal-enters-World-Championships-quarterfinals/articleshow/21704287.cms?

Adidas, a global leader in running today, announced “adidas King Of The Road: KOTR”, its very own running championship for 2012 across five countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore), with the aim of uniting all runners, from social joggers to serious athletes, to build a legendary 16.8 km running route in all participating countries.

Thailand will kick the championship off on Sunday July 29, 2012 from 4.00 am – 9.00 am. With adidas upping the standards of distance running considerably this year, the event will be held at the heart of Bangkok, with the roads being temporarily closed for the event. The race starts and ends at Lumphini Park, with the runners moving along Sathorn Road to cross the King Taksin Bridge, where they will truly experience how it feels to be the “King of the Road”.

In Thailand, the event is open to participants in two categories – the ‘Closed’ category (Men/Women) is open to local runners (Thai nationality) and the ‘Open’ category (Men/Women) for international participants. The races are separated by age, 15-29 years old, 30-39 years old, 40-49 years old, 50-59 years old and 60 years old and over. The winner of each country’s Closed categories (Men/Women) will receive KOTR prizes and qualify for an all-expenses paid trip to Singapore for the “King of the Road: Southeast Asia Championship 2012”.

adidas has set a unique running distance of 16.8 km for each country. This distance comes from the combined routes across the five participating countries, which is the equivalent distance of two full marathons or 84 km. Split across five countries, the distance for each leg equals 16.8 km. The annual race is held to search for winners from each nation to join the grand final in Singapore, the host country this year, where the true “King of the Road” in each respective category will be crowned in October.

Apart from the main 16.8 km route, adidas is offering shorter running distances of 10 km. and 5 km. (any nationality) for everyone who has sport in their heart. The participants are categorized by age and gender: male under 15 years old, male 15-19 years old, male 20-39 years old and male 40 years and over, female under 15 years old, female 15-19 years old, female 20-35 years old, female 35 years old and over.

The uniqueness of “adidas King of the Road 2012”

1. Running routes: reflect a true urban lifestyle. adidas has selected Sathorn Road, the main business district of Bangkok as the central running route. On the event day, traffic will be temporarily closed during the race period for all runners to experience the breath-taking views along both sides of the Chao-Phraya River while crossing the King Taksin Bridge and the scenic atmosphere of the Bangkok business zone at sunrise.

2. Different runners with different aspirations: adidas does not limit the event to professional athletes, but encourages everyone including students, young people, families, organizations and working people to participate in the event, to celebrate the true spirit of sports.

3. Encouraging youngsters to exercise: Supporting children and young people to exercise and to love sports is a permanent goal for adidas, and with good support from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), adidas is delighted to be able to donate running shoes, worth 2.4 million baht to public schools in the Bangkok region. Children who receive running shoes from adidas can join the event free of charge.
4. Increasing the running standard to the global standard: For the very first time in Thailand, the “Shoe Tag”, the newest timing equipment for distance races – widely used internationally, will be used. This ‘tag’ will measure the time with a chip inside the body of the device. Hydration stations as well as food & beverages and baggage deposit will be available along the whole route to maintain competitor’s health throughout the whole race. Also, runners need to do proper warming-up and stretching exercises before and after the races.

adidas aims to target a total of 5,000-7,000 participants in Thailand for the maiden race, with a total of 40,000 participants in total across the region.

Runners and all candidates can register and find more information from today to July 20, 2012 at Tel 02-279-0046-7 or at adidas shops, fl.3 CentralWorld or fl.3 Siam Discovery or fl.2 Mega Bangna or fl.2 Central Rama 3 fl.2 Central Pinklao or G fl. Central Rama 9 or Muangthong Thani or at www.adidaskingoftheroad.com.

Registration fee starts from Bt300 (up to distance). All candidates will receive jersey and medal. (only Shoe Tag will be available for 16.8 km.)

Source: http://bangkokscoop.com/2012/07/03/adidas-king-road-2012/

Date: May 30 – June 4, 2011

Venue: Samui Island, Surat Thani

Schedule:

As the regatta continues to become much more of a festival with a far wider appeal than just hardened sailors, the number of activities for sailors and spectators also grows.

Saturday May 28, 2011
Registration 3 – 5pm (Centara Grand, Chaweng Beach)

Sunday May 29, 2011
Registration 10am – 4pm (Centara Grand)
Practice Race 1pm
Press Conference (invitations only) 5pm
Skippers Briefing (invitations only) 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Launch Party at Zico’s (invitations only) 7pm

Monday May 30, 2011
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5-7pm

Tuesday May 31, 2011
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5 – 7pm
Skippers VIP Reception 7-9pm

Wednesday June 1, 2011
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Daily Tavern 5-7pm
Social Media Marketing for Hotels & Small Businesses – Daniel Priestley
Public Speaking Conference by Mr. Scott Friedman
Party at Beach Republic 6.30pm – till late night

Thursday June 2, 2011

‘Layday’ (No sailing scheduled at this time)
Beach Cleanup with International School of Samui 10 – 12pm
Regatta Golf Day at Santiburi Golf Course
Underwater and Documentary Photographer Training with Mr. Chris Clark
Royal Photographer Society members dinner
Property Exhibition @Centara Resort (Chaweng Hall)

Friday June 3, 2011
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Extended Daily Tavern 5-9pm
Junior Optimist Koh Samui Regatta 2011
Supercar Rally @Anantara Lawana
Property Exhibition @Centara Resort (Chaweng Hall)

Saturday June 4, 2011
Sailing 10am – 4pm (approx)
Gala Awards Dinner (invite only)
Junior Optimist Koh Samui Regatta 2011
Luxury Training Day by Mr. Christian Basset
Luxury Network Party & Rachel S Swimwear Fashion Show @KC Hotel
Supercar Rally group experiencing the Regatta 2011 on Spectator Boat
Property Exhibition @Centara Resort (Chaweng Hall)
After party (Sound Nightclub from 10pm)

The Style Souk