Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

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Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022

Muay Thai legend Buakaw Banchamek went the distance against Ukrainian Oleksandr Yefimenko at their match on Friday night in Bangkok, failing to knock out his opponent as he did in his last two matches.

After ending the match in a draw, Buakaw said he would need to do his “homework” to knock out his next opponent.

The three-round exhibition match was held at Rajadamnern Muay Thai Stadium, where Buakaw knocked out his two previous opponents – Japanese fighters Yoshihiro Sato and Kota Miura – in October and August, respectively.

Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

The 21-year-old Ukrainian managed to sweep the Thai fighter off his feet in the first round, but 40-year-odl Buakaw got back up immediately. Yefimenko’s punches were blocked by Buakaw, but he scored with low kicks as he targeted BuaKaw’s legs.

Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

Yefimenko continued to focus on low kicks at the start of the second round, but Buakaw responded more aggressively with punches at close distance.

Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

Buakaw took more low kicks at the start of the third round, but as it progressed, the veteran became more successful with his combinations of punches to Yefimenko’s face and kicks to his body.

Both fighters were still standing as the bell sounded. The match had no winner and will not appear in either fighters’ record.

Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

After the match, Buakaw told reporters that the fight made him realise he had not trained enough and needed to “do more homework” before his next match to score a knockout.

Friday’s match was part of the “Rajadamnern World Series” organised by Global Sport Ventures and the Kickboxing Association of Thailand (KAT). It was sponsored by the National Sports Development Fund.

Buakaw vows to do more homework after failing to knockout Ukrainian

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Croatia oust favourites Brazil 4-2 on penalties to reach semi-final

Croatia oust favourites Brazil 4-2 on penalties to reach semi-final

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022

Croatia battled past tournament favourites Brazil 4-2 on penalties on Friday (December 9) to reach the World Cup semi-finals following a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

The 2018 runners-up came through their second consecutive shootout after beating Japan also on penalties in the last 16 and will now face either the Netherlands or Argentina who play each other later.
 

In an evening filled with tension and drama, Brazil superstar Neymar thought he had won the game when he rifled in an extra-time goal for the five-time world champions.

Croatia substitute Bruno Petkovic’s left-footed equaliser three minutes from the end of extra time drew his side level, breaking Brazilian hearts in Doha’s Education City Stadium.

The Croats kept their composure from the penalty spot as Brazil’s Marquinhos and Rodrygo failed to convert.

Croatia initially refused to be intimidated by their more illustrious opponents and in the first half successfully stifled most Brazil moves early.

Apart from a weak Vinicius Jr. shot, Brazil had little else to offer in terms of attack with Neymar off the pace and shut out by a hard-working backline.

It was Croatia who looked sharper, more skilled in their passing game and with a precise game plan, and by the end of the first half they had the upper hand in terms of possession.

A Neymar free kick just before the break did not trouble Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic as the Brazilians, whose last win over a European opponent in the knockout phase came in their 2002 final victory over Germany, struggled to find any space.

They did, however, almost take the lead three minutes after the restart when Josko Gvardiol tried to clear the ball but almost turned it into his own goal.

Seconds later, claims for a hand ball by defender Josip Juranovic were shot down following a VAR review before Neymar was sent through by Richarlison in the 55th minute only to have his close-range effort blocked by Livakovic.

Croatia oust favourites Brazil 4-2 on penalties to reach semi-final

The Brazilians, who have now lost four of their last five World Cup quarter-finals all to European opposition, enjoyed a much better start to the second half and came close again in the 66th when Lucas Paqueta was denied by Livakovic.

The Croatia keeper was kept busy and stopped Neymar in the 76th and by that time had more saves in the match (seven) than his Brazil counterpart, Alisson, had in the entire tournament (five).

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Livakovic parried another Paqueta shot five minutes later as the few hundred Brazil fans in the stands grew louder and more impatient and the game trickled over to extra time with Brazil coach Tite visibly nervous.

In stoppage time of the first period, Neymar, largely lacklustre until then, launched an attack outside the box, played two consecutive one-twos to bamboozle the tired Croatian defence and then rounded the keeper to equal Brazil great Pele’s record of 77 international goals.

But the Croats refused to surrender with Petkovic’s equaliser forcing penalties and coming out on top in the shootout with Livakovic saving Rodrygo’s spot kick and Marquinos hitting the post.

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Messi’s Argentina go through on penalties after Dutch comeback

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Messi's Argentina go through on penalties after Dutch comeback

Messi’s Argentina go through on penalties after Dutch comeback

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2022

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Argentina beat the Netherlands 4-3 in a penalty shootout to keep Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream alive on Friday (December 9) after the Dutch had snatched a 2-2 draw from the jaws of defeat in an extraordinary quarter-final.

Emiliano Martinez saved the first two Dutch penalties to give Argentina a huge advantage, and Lautaro Martinez sent Andries Noppert the wrong way to set up a date for the South Americans with Croatia in the semi-finals on Tuesday.
 

Messi celebrated with arms aloft in front of the massed ranks of Argentina fans, his hopes of securing football’s biggest prize at the fifth attempt intact for a few more days.

A third bench-clearing melee of the match took place behind him as some of the Dutch players, distraught after coming so close to one of the greatest comebacks in World Cup history, clashed with their Argentine rivals.

Apparently on their way home at 2-0 down with only seven minutes of normal time remaining, the Dutch scored twice through substitute Wout Weghorst to send the match to two scoreless periods of extra time.

Messi, almost inevitably, had played a major role in giving Argentina their lead.

While it was Nahuel Molina’s goal that put Argentina ahead in the 35th minute, it was Messi who unlocked a suffocating Dutch defence that had snuffed out any previous chances.

The 35-year-old took the ball 40 metres out and ghosted to his left in front of a wall of markers before sliding a pass back to the right to Molina on the edge of the box.

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The wingback took a touch and poked the ball past onrushing goalkeeper Andries Noppert to send the vast majority of the 88,235 crowd at Lusail Stadium into paroxysms of delight.

There was more delirium for the Albiceleste faithful in the 73rd minute when Messi slapped a penalty kick in the right midriff of the net after Denzel Dumfries had fouled Marcos Acuna on the edge of the box.

With tactics more reminiscent of Sunday park football than Total Football, the Dutch got back into the contest by bombarding the Argentine area with high balls aimed at their tall target men.

They were rewarded with a goal in the 83rd minute when Steven Berghuis crossed from the right and his fellow substitute Wout Weghorst headed the ball past Martinez’s dive.

The Argentines held onto their lead until 11 minutes into stoppage time when Teun Koopmeiners cleverly reversed a free kick and found Weghorst free to put the ball past Martinez and level up the match.

The Argentines were shell-shocked by the turnaround in the first period of extra time but recovered their composure to pepper the Dutch goal with shots, Enzo Hernandez coming closest to scoring with a rasping effort that hit the post.

The defeat was the first for the Dutch in 20 matches going back to last year’s European Championship and brought an end to 71-year-old Louis van Gaal’s third spell as coach.

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Dechapol/Sapsiree book semi-final, Ratchanok faces must-win match

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Dechapol/Sapsiree book semi-final, Ratchanok faces must-win match

Dechapol/Sapsiree book semi-final, Ratchanok faces must-win match

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

Thai world No 1 mixed doubles pairing Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai crushed Malaysia’s finest to book their semi-finals berth at the 2022 Badminton World Tour finals in Bangkok on Thursday.

Dechapol and Sapsiree dispatched world No 8 Lai Pei Jing and Tan Kian Meng 21-9, 21-11 in just 29 minutes of second-round action at the US$1.5-million (52 million baht) tournament.

Dechapol/Sapsiree book semi-final, Ratchanok faces must-win match
Dechapol/Sapsiree book semi-final, Ratchanok faces must-win match

Thai No 1 Ratchanok Intanon lost to China’s He Bingjiao 21-17, 24-22 in Group B and must beat Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying today to advance to the semis.

This year’s edition of the season-ending event has been switched from Guangzhou, China to Bangkok’s Nimibutr Arena due to the Covid-19 situation.

Dechapol and Sapsiree beat fellow Thais Supissara Paewsampran and Supak Jomkoh 2-0 in their opening Group B clash on Wednesday.

Dechapol/Sapsiree book semi-final, Ratchanok faces must-win match

The already-qualified world No 1s should face a tougher match today when they play China’s world No 4 pair Huang Dongping and Wang Yilyu in their final Group B match, which starts at 12.40pm.

The semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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Van Gaal worst trainer ever? Netherlands coach disagrees with Di Maria

Van Gaal worst trainer ever? Netherlands coach disagrees with Di Maria

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2022

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Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal went on the offensive on Thursday (December 8), defending his reputation as he sparred with reporters in another bellicose performance ahead of his country’s World Cup quarter-final against Argentina.

When one reporter pointed out that Angel di Maria, who played under Van Gaal at Manchester United and could feature for Argentina on Friday (December 9), had called him ‘the worst coach ever’, the Dutch manager was quick to respond.
 

“So he (Argentina striker Angel Di Maria, who played for him at Manchester United) called me the worst trainer?” van Gaal said.

To the surprise of a laughing striker Memphis Depay, seated next to him, van Gaal then said: “Here’s another one, next to me, Memphis Depay, who also played at Manchester. And now we’re going to kiss each other on the mouth.”

“No, we’re not going to do that. That’s how it goes in soccer.”

The Netherlands and Argentina last played against each other in the World Cup semi-final in 2014, which the Dutch famously lost in a penalty shootout with two misses. Both countries stressed they hoped that this time, the match would be decided without a shootout.
 

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Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

Thai badminton player Ratchanok Intanon maintained her dominance over compatriot Busanan Ongbamrungphan, beating her in straight games in the BWF World Tour Finals 2022 on Wednesday at Nimibutr Arena in Bangkok.

Under the rules of the World Tour Finals, which began on Wednesday and offers a total prize money of US$1.5 million, singles and doubles players take on their compatriots in the opening group match.

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Ratchanok routed Busanan 21-15, 21-13 in 40 minutes to win their Group B match. Ratchanok had also beaten Busanan 2-0 at the 2022 Japan Open.

Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

The Thai world No. 7 said that she was satisfied with her performance as she encountered wind resistance and hence tried to force the pace.

Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

Ratchanok praised Busanan for her racquet skills but said that her footwork could be improved. She advised Busanan to move more and find a better chance to attack more accurately.

Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

Speaking of her next opponent, China’s world No. 3 He Bingjiao, Ratchanok said she was tricky and has been in great, having beaten the formidable Tai Tzu-ying twice. She said that every point would be important to secure a win on Thursday.

Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

She was pleasantly surprised to see the high number of spectators even though the match was held on a weekday.

Ratchanok off to a winning start at World Tour Finals

Ratchanok said that the event in Thailand has started off well, as many Thai fans had come to watch the first match.

Meanwhile, Busanan will play Taiwan’s world No. 2 Tai Tzu-ying, also on Thursday.

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Brazil's dancing about happiness, not disrespect - Vinicius Jr

Brazil’s dancing about happiness, not disrespect – Vinicius Jr

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

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Brazil’s Vinicius Jr said they would not stop dancing to celebrate goals at the World Cup as it was an expression of happiness that was part of Brazilian culture.

Brazil thrashed South Korea 4-1 in their World Cup last-16 match on Monday, but it was not just their footballing masterclass that caught the eye.

Brazil’s dancing celebrations as the goals flew in sparked criticism from pundits like former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane, who felt it was ‘disrespectful’, which generated a viral discussion online.

“Sure, some love to complain when they see other people’s happiness and we Brazilians are a joyful people, so it will always bother,” Vinicius told a news conference on Wednesday.

“The goal is the most important moment in football, in a World Cup it is even more important so it’s a moment of joy not only for us, players, but for our entire country.

“We still have many celebrations ready, so we need to keep playing better, winning games and stay joyful in the process.

“We need to stay calm and focus because there are more people with us than against us.”

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Even ever-serious Brazil coach Tite joined in the celebrations, with an awkward imitation of striker Richarlison’s ‘pigeon dance’.

Brazil’s players rushed over to the dugout after Tottenham forward Richarlison put the five-times world champions 3-0 up inside 30 minutes and Tite briefly joined in with the dancing.

“I try to adapt to the characteristics of the players,” the 61-year-old said when asked about his moves at a news conference on Monday.

“They are very young and I try to adapt a bit to their language, and part of their language is dancing.”

Vinicius Jr lauded Tite’s leadership and ability as a mentor and the impact that both had in his development as a player.

The 22-year-old has become a key part of Brazil’s team that is bidding for a record-extending sixth World Cup title after a brilliant season with Real Madrid.

He scored the Spanish giants’ winner in the Champions League final against Liverpool and finished eighth in the Ballon D’Or ballot last month.

“I always try to evolve, not only here, but at the club where I have more time to work,” said Vinicius.

“(Real Madrid coach Carlo) Ancelotti helps me a lot and he sometimes works together with Tite, they communicate and are very similar in the way they talk and relate to the players.

“In football, even more so at the top level, you don’t have time to complain, you have to evolve, learn.”

Brazil face Croatia in their World Cup quarter-final on Friday.

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World Cup quarter-finals 2022: which teams qualified?

World Cup quarter-finals 2022: which teams qualified?

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

Reuters

The World Cup knockout phase in Qatar will continue with the quarter-finals on Friday and Saturday. Below are the teams who made it into the last eight.

ARGENTINA
Argentina beat off a frenzied Australia fightback to win 2-1 and reach the quarter-finals, where they will face the Netherlands on Friday.

Captain Lionel Messi, who has said he intends to retire from the national team after the tournament, scored his first goal in a World Cup knockout round in his 1,000th match to beat Diego Maradona’s tally of eight World Cup goals.

La Seleccion won the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, and reached the final on three more occasions, most recently in 2014 when they lost against Germany.

Group performance:

Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia

Argentina 2-0 Mexico

Poland 0-2 Argentina

Round of 16:

Argentina 2-1 Australia

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BRAZIL

Brazil stormed into the quarter-finals with an overwhelming 4-1 victory over South Korea, scoring all their goals in the first 36 minutes. They next face Croatia in the first match of the quarter-finals on Friday at 1500 GMT.

The Selecao have lifted the World Cup five times and are the pre-tournament favourites to win a record-extending sixth title.

Brazil have played in every World Cup since 1930 but have not reached the final since they last won the title in 2002.

Group performance:

Brazil 2-0 Serbia

Brazil 1-0 Switzerland

Cameroon 1-0 Brazil

Round of 16:

Brazil 4-1 South Korea

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CROATIA

Goalkeeper Dominic Livakovic saved three spot-kicks as Croatia beat Japan 3-1 in a penalty shootout after an enthralling 120-minute contest finished deadlocked at 1-1.

The Croats will next face Brazil on Friday.

This is the sixth World Cup for Croatia, who reached the final in 2018 when they lost to France.

Group performance:

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Croatia 4-1 Canada

Croatia 0-0 Belgium

Round of 16:

Croatia 1-1 Japan (3-1 on penalties)

ENGLAND

England secured a spot in the quarter-finals with a 3-0 win over African champions Senegal in another emphatic victory after comfortably beating Wales and Iran in the group stage.

The Three Lions are set to meet reigning champions France on Saturday.

England have won the World Cup only once in 1966, and finished fourth in 2018.

Group performance:

England 6-2 Iran

England 0-0 United States

Wales 0-3 England

Round of 16:

England 3-0 Senegal

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FRANCE

Another one of the bookmakers’ favourites to win the title, France beat Poland 3-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.

Led by Olivier Giroud – who surpassed Thierry Henry as France’s all-time top scorer with 52 goals – and current tournament top marksman Kylian Mbappe, Les Blues will meet England on Saturday.

France have won the World Cup twice, in 1998 and 2018.

Group performance:

France 4-1 Australia

France 2-1 Denmark

Tunisia 1-0 France

Round of 16:

France 3-1 Poland


MOROCCO

Morocco reached the quarter-finals for the first time with a 3-0 penalty shootout win over Spain and will face Portugal on Saturday.

Spanish-born Achraf Hakimi scored the decisive spot-kick for Morocco, following a 0-0 draw over 120 minutes.

They are playing in their sixth finals, having reached the last 16 once before in 1986.

The only African side still in the running, Morocco failed to qualify for the knockout stage in 2018 with one point.

Group performance:

Morocco 0-0 Croatia

Belgium 0-2 Morocco

Canada 1-2 Morocco

Round of 16:

Morocco 0-0 Spain (3-0 on penalties)


NETHERLANDS

The Netherlands advanced to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over the United States on Saturday, and will face Messi’s Argentina on Friday.

The Dutch — unbeaten in 19 games after their elimination at Euro 2020 — have been the runners up at three World Cups in 1974, 1978 and 2010.

This year marks their return to the global stage after failing to qualify in 2018.

Group performance:

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands

Netherlands 1-1 Ecuador

Netherlands 2-0 Qatar

Round of 16:

Netherlands 3-1 United States


PORTUGAL

Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos netted a hat-trick on his first World Cup start in a 6-1 demolition of Switzerland, sending his side through to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2006.

Coach Fernando Santos took the brave call to bench Cristiano Ronaldo and was rewarded with an artful display from his side as they set up a last-eight clash with Morocco on Saturday.

Portugal’s best World Cup result is a third place in 1966. Most recently, they won the Euro 2016 in France.

The run-up to the last-16 match was marked with speculation regarding the future of Ronaldo, who left Manchester United by mutual consent last month, and his outburst following his substitution against South Korea.

Group performance:

Portugal 3-2 Ghana

Portugal 2-0 Uruguay

South Korea 2-1 Portugal

Round of 16:

Portugal 6-1 Switzerland

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Champagne sailing conditions greet sailors on second day of Phuket King’s Cup

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Champagne sailing conditions greet sailors on second day of Phuket King’s Cup

Champagne sailing conditions greet sailors on second day of Phuket King’s Cup

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 08, 2022

Blue skies, warm water and nice breeze greeted sailors today as they gathered off of Cape Promthep to compete in the second day of sailing at the 34th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta.

While the International Dinghy Classes finished four days of racing today, it was the second day of racing for the keelboats and multihulls. Race Officer Simon James sent the IRC Zero, and IRC One classes on a windward-leeward for their first race and a coastal race for their second while sending the IRC Premier Cruising, Charter Cruising and the Multihull classes off on a separate passage race.

The two TP52s (Team Hollywood and THA 72) are staging their own mini-Super Series in this regatta as Ray Roberts’ boat sailed to two victories today giving it five points and a one-point lead over Kevin Whitcraft’s THA 72 going into race day three. Windsikher managed a second in the first race but trails the TP52s with eleven points overall. Sarab Singh and Nick Burns’ crew seem to be feeling the effects of victory euphoria as they won and dominated the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta just over a week ago.       

The IRC One class had Garry Holt’s Let’s Get It On and Kazuki Kihara’s Char Chan flip flop first and second place in the two races the class sailed today. As such Let’s Get It On and Craig Douglas’ Ramrod sit tied at the top of the leader board with eight points with Char Chan trailing by a point. Morten Jakobsen’s smallish VXOne Hanuman XXXIX is holding its own against the bigger boats and sits in fourth spot with 10 points. Fifth place belongs to Matti Sepp’s Judy (19pts) with Craig Nichols Alright in last spot (25pts) as they did not finish the first race of the day. 

The Thai vessel Pine Pacific expertly skipped by Ithinai Yingsiri won the three-boat Premier Cruising class narrowly beating Peter Cremers Shatoosh by less than two minutes on corrected time with Simon Piff’s Firstlight coming in 45 minutes later on corrected time. Pine Pacific and Shatoosh are tied for the lead in this class with three points followed by Firstlight with seven. Firstlight along with Ramrod and Windshihker made the trip up from Langkawi to compete in this regatta after recently sailing in Malaysia’s Raja Muda regatta, which is annually held two weeks before the Phuket King’s Cup.

Champagne sailing conditions greet sailors on second day of Phuket King’s Cup

The Charter Cruising Class saw a repeat placing of day one with Torben Kristensen’s Kinnon winning the race and leading the class with two points. Jakod Handte’s Fei Jian was second and remains in second overall with four points. Masami Yamashita’s Sunsail Inlova was third and stays in third with six points.       
  
The Multihull OMR class saw Hermann Schwarz’ 2Fast4you win again beating Hang Chen’s ZOE by close to six minutes on corrected time, so 2Fast4you leads the class by two points.     

A veteran of many King’s Cup campaigns, Sydney-based Craig Douglas, the co-owner of Ramrod, a Farr 40, reflects on what sets the Phuket King’s Cup apart from other sailing competitions: “It’s a fantastic event and very competitive. All the other regattas are like a rally: people are there for the journey, hotels and the food. But at King’s Cup, the sailors really thrash it out and take it to the next level. It’s a badge of honour to win it. 

“The regatta is also very challenging: you can’t come into it in cruising mode because the handicap and the IRC rating will get you. If you are having a bad day, it’s not forgiving, you are either on good pace, or you will get punished. You need to race with a good and experienced crew.  

“And the conditions: you usually get good wind, and if get splashed by water, it’s 25-28 degrees. If it rains, the rain is warm and you dry quickly. Once you hit the shore, you walk fifty metres up the beach to your hotel and you are surrounded by great food and people. Not many places can say that, it’s a great formula.”    
 
Craig’s co-owner Gordon Ketelby owns another Farr 40 called Zen, which he keeps at the Middle Harbor Yacht Club in Sydney. The idea being to seamlessly swap sails, parts and crew between the two and it’s worked.     

The International Dinghy Classes (Optimist Boys, Optimist Girls, Open ILCA4, ILCA6, ILCA 7, 420, 470, Skiff Boat and Open Skiff) finished racing today as 182 dinghies from Thailand, United Kingdom, Singapore, India, Japan, Malaysia and China saw action with an awards ceremony taking place at the north end of Kata Beach in the evening.  

Thais did very well in the dinghy competitions as Chanatip Tongglum won the Optimist Boys and Prin Subying won the Optimist Girls class. In the Skiff Boat class Narisara Satta and Nichapa Waiwai of Thailand lead the pack. The Open ILCA4 was won by Kenan Tan of Singapore with fellow countrymen Khoo Zachary taking the Open ILCA6 division. The Open ILCA 7 saw Thai national Prakasit Hongpradab win with fellow Thais Paliga Poonpat and Chakkaphat Wiriyakitti winning the 420 class. The 470 class was captured by Navee Thamsoontorn and Panida Suksomporn of Thailand and the Open Skiff championship went to Anandi Chandavarkar of India.

The return of the King’s Cup has been a breath of fresh ocean air to the Kata Beach business community who perennially depend on Thai and foreign sailors to boost the local economy every December. But it’s been three long years since that happened so hotels, restaurants and shop owners are ecstatic to see sailors of Asia’s most prestigious regatta roaming the streets and cruising the waterways again.    

Keelboats and multihulls spread over five classes are competing in the Asia’s longest-running and most prestigious regatta, held over five days racing through scenic courses amidst the beautiful Andaman Sea islands. Combined with the 182 participating dinghies it brings the total of participating boats to just below 200. A great bounce back as the regatta was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
             
The Royal Awards Ceremony will be on 10th December 2022 at Beyond Resort Kata, Kata Beach, Phuket.

Sponsors of the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta include Kata Group, RMA Group, Haad Thip PCL. and Workforce International.

For more information and result, please visit http://www.kingscup.com.

Thai and foreign athletes compete for Muay Thai glory

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Thai and foreign athletes compete for Muay Thai glory

Thai and foreign athletes compete for Muay Thai glory

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 07, 2022

Scores of Thai and foreign boxers drew crowds to Bagnkok’s Iconsiam as they competed for trophies at the three-day Muaythai Festival 2022, which was live streamed globally by the International Federation of Muaythai Associations.

Besides boxing, the festival offered concerts, art and cultural performances.

The festival was a collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF), the Sports Authority of Thailand, the Board of Boxing, the Professional Boxing Association of Thailand, and the International Federation of Muaythai Associations.

NSDF manager Supranee Guptasa said her fund partnered with the other groups to show that Muay Thai could be used as soft power to promote Thailand and Thai products, including fashion and food.

The International Olympic Committee will broadcast videos of the event through its channels, she said.

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