Manchester United legend Teddy Sheringham and Liverpool legend John Arne Riise took part in football clinics to develop the skills, technique and experience of Thai children and youths aged 14 to 18, so they will know how to play football correctly with professional standards.
The activity was held in four provinces in four regions of Thailand — Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, Chanthaburi, and Phuket — on Friday and Saturday (June 24-25).
The exhibition match between Manchester United and Liverpool will be held on July 12 at Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok.
Phayahong Ayothayafightgym arrived back in Thailand on Monday after becoming the first female Thai boxer to win the K-1 championship.
She was welcomed home from Japan by a crowd of Thai boxing fans, who came to congratulate her for making history.
Crying tears of joy, the Buri Ram boxer said she was thrilled to win the title and become the first female Thai K-1 champion. She also thanked Thai boxing fans for their support.
She added she was ready to defend her title in Japan, as the K-1 championship organiser was lining up a fight for her at the end of the year.
Phayahong won the K-1 Women’s Atomweight title (45kg) on Saturday after beating Mio Tsumura in the semi-final and Miyuu Sugawara in the final.
She is Thailand’s first female K-1 champion. The three other Thais who have won Thai K-1 championship titles are all male, namely Buakaw Banchamek, Kaew Weerasakreck and Kongnapa Weerasakreck.
Phayahong’s real name is Chanthakan Manobal. She is the cousin of K-pop singer Lalisa Manobal, better known as Lisa Blackpink. She is currently studying in the Faculty of Education at Kasetsart University.
Tickets starting from 2,000 baht will go on sale on July 8 for the Moto GP race in Thailand. The “OR Thailand Grand Prix 2022” will be held at Chang International Circuit, Buri Ram province on October 2.
The Facebook Page “Chang Circuit Buriram” posted on Monday that tickets will be separated into four categories:
Grand stand: 4,000 baht; can see all 12 turns of the circuit
Quartararo Stand: 3,000 baht; get souvenirs with an authentic autograph from Fabio Quartararo
Chantra Stand: 3,000 baht; get souvenirs with an authentic autograph from Somkiat Chantra
Side Stand: 2,000 baht
The Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) has said tickets will first go on sale from 1.30pm to 2.35pm on the 25th floor of the Chalermphrakiet Building at the SAT in Bangkok.
After that, tickets will go on sale at 7-Eleven stores or via allticket.com from 3pm.
Thai athlete Puripol Boonson snatched the gold in the men’s 200-metre sprint at the XXXI Qosanov Memorial in Almaty Kazakhstan, om Sunday, breaking Thailand’s national record for the third time, with a time of 20.19 seconds.
The 16-year-old Puripol has been on a record-breaking spree in in the last four months. He broke Rienchai Seehawong’s National Games and Thailand record of 20.69 seconds in March, with a time of 20.58 seconds.
After that, he broke his own record at the 2021 Southeast Asian Games in May in Vietnam with a time of 20.37 seconds.
Puripol’s performance in Almaty has also guaranteed him a place to compete in the 2022 World Athletics Championships that will be held in Eugene, Oregon, the United States from July 15 to 24, as he surpassed the criterion of 20.24 seconds for the event set by World Athletics, the sport’s governing body.
However, Surapong Ariyamongkol, secretary-general of the Athletic Association of Thailand, said that Puripol might have to skip the World Athletics Championships.
He said he preferred that Puripol focus on the 2022 World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia from August 1 to 6. A final decision will be made later after discussions, he said.
Thai golfer Thongchai Jaidee finished fourth at the US Senior Open on Sunday at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Pennsylvania, US.
Thongchai ’s fourth place with a three-under-par 281, alongside American Rob Labritz and Gene Sauers, earned him US$160,576.
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Padraig Harrington from Ireland won the event with a 10-under-par 274 and earned $720,000.
American Steve Stricker was second with a nine-under-par 275 and earned $432,000, while Mark Hensby from Australia was third with a four-under-par 280 for $267,254 in prize money.
“I played great all week. I hit the ball very well, but the green made it very difficult. I had like so many three-putts this week. You know the green, right, the green it makes it — it sometimes gets you in the wrong position, you get a different position and it makes it a difficult putt,” Thongchai said.
“I think the way they set it up for a major is fun. I think the golf course is in great condition. I think everything with the spectators is fantastic. I’m really happy with my week. If I finish in the top ten, I’ll be happy for a major.”
After his win a couple of weeks ago, Thongchai said, “Yeah, it give me a lot of confidence to play every week now. I don’t think I lose anything. This week I think has been a very happy week. I think it’s a very tough week.”
Thongchai rated the golf course as “very difficult. If the green conditions are very soft, the pin position is more tough. I think it’s a good major. Ending under par after the four rounds is very good. I am so happy to finish like three-under par.”
“Especially bogeying on the last, I think it’s tough. If you don’t make it in the fairway, it’s going to be trouble.
“On this golf course, you keep it in play, like hit the ball in the fairway then you can attack on the second shot. If you miss alongside the fairway, you can’t control the rough. I think you have some holes you make it, it’s trouble because if cannot find the fairway. A one-under par today is a great round,” Thongchai said.
Phayahong Ayothayafightgym has become the first female Thai boxer to win the K-1 Championship.
Phayahong, whose real name is Jantakan Manobal, prevailed 2-1 in a split decision after four rounds against Miyuu Sugawara of Japan in the K-1: Ring of Venus event at Yoyogi National Gymnasium in Shibuya City, Tokyo on Saturday.
Despite an injury on her left knee, Phayahong emerged triumphant, winning the 2022 K-1 Women’s Atomweight title.
Male Thai boxers Buakaw Banchamek, Kaew Weerasakreck, and Kongnapa Weerasakreck had earlier won the event.
Phayahong, who was born in Buriram province, is a cousin of well-known K-pop singer Lisa Blackpink or Lalisa Manobal.
The organiser of the upcoming Manchester United-Liverpool match in Bangkok apologised on Sunday after both Premier League clubs expressed disappointment over the reselling of match tickets.
The controversy kicked off earlier this week when celebrity online vendor Pimrypie offered 20,000 tickets for “The Match: Bangkok Century Cup 2022” at a discounted price. The exhibition match is scheduled to take place at Rajamangala Stadium on July 12. Pimrypie also said some lucky ticket buyers would be able to attend a concert rehearsal by K-pop star Jackson Wang and a private dinner with Wang and the footballers.
The discounted tickets triggered criticism from previous buyers as well as fans of Wang’s group GOT7, who said they felt cheated at paying the full price without receiving the extra benefits.
On Friday, Manchester United and Liverpool issued Facebook statements denying they had resold their own ticket allocations or offered a private dinner with the players. Both Premier League giants said they were disappointed with the confusion caused for their fans in Thailand.
On Saturday, Team Wang issued a similar statement, saying no tickets for the rehearsal or private dinner tickets had been put up for sale.
On Sunday, Vinij Lertratanachai, CEO of the match organiser Fresh Air Festival, apologised for the controversy in an Instagram post.
He said he realised the exhibition match was meaningful for both teams, who had images to protect.
“It isn’t easy working with football clubs that have more than 3 billion fans, as problems come every second,” he added.
He also promised that the July 12 match would create great memories for Manchester United and Liverpool players and fans of the clubs worldwide.
Premier League legends Teddy Sheringham and John Arne Riise joined hundreds of Thai fans participating in “The Match Run 2022” at Indoor Stadium Huamark in Bangkok on Sunday morning.
The 5-kilometre and 10km races served as a warm-up for the exhibition match between Manchester United and Liverpool, which will kick-off next door at Rajamangala Stadium on July 12.
Manchester United ambassador Sheringham and his Liverpool counterpart Riise presented the trophies to winners after the races. Also taking part were well-known radio presenter Katesepsawat Palakawong na Ayutthaya and elite runner Nattawut Innum.
All participants received a T-shirt, goodie bag and face mask.
The Manchester United and Liverpool squads are flying to Bangkok for the first leg of their pre-season tours of Asia. United, led by new coach Erik ten Hag, will also play in Melbourne on July 15 while Liverpool will face Crystal Palace in Singapore on the same day.
Gareth Bale published a video on Saturday (June 25) on social media to announce his arrival at Major League Soccer club Los Angeles FC.
Bale posted a video of himself wearing the team’s jersey and cap along with the message “See you soon, Los Angeles.” The tweet was retweeted by LAFC’s official twitter page.
Soccer transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano had earlier said Bale and LAFC had agreed to a one year deal ending in June 2023, but with the option of an extension.
The 32-year-old signed for Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, scoring 106 goals in 258 appearances for the world’s most decorated soccer club.
The Welshman will be best remembered for scoring twice, including a stunning overhead kick, in the 2018 Champions League final against Liverpool and also netting a superb winner against Barcelona in the 2014 Copa del Rey final.
Despite his fine collection of titles – three LaLiga triumphs and five Champions League crowns – Bale’s time at Real was marred by injuries.