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16 September 2008 :: 18:09:53 pm 7032

1st Pattaya International Boat Race VS 8th Pattaya Long Boat Race In November 2008

Chonburi PAO will combine Pattaya‘s first International Boat Race to the 8th Long Boat Race festival to win the Princess Sirindhorn‘s Cup during 22nd-23rd November 2008. Malaysia, Burma, Vietnam, Lao , Cambodia and Singapore will be the guests.
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On 15th September 2008 at 10.00 a.m. at Tuppraya room in Pattaya City Hall, Mr.Rewat Polluk-in, Deputy Chief Executive of Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization, Mr. Itthipol Kunpluem, Mayor of Pattaya City,Mr. Mai Chaiyanit, Mayor of Nongprue Municipality and Mr.Pannawat Jaiyangyuen, Mayor of Pong Sub-district Municipality cooperatively released the statement for Pattaya International Long Boat Race Festival 2008 in coordination of Rowing and Canoeing Association of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand Central Region 3 Pattaya , Sattahip Naval base and other organizations concerned.

The long boat race is kind of Thai traditional sport, which exists along throughout history since Ayutthaya was the capital of Thailand. It was a royal activity which to be held in the last sector of rainy season.

This sport endures as one of unique Thai tradition that demonstrates joyful and harmonious unity among Thai people. The tradition has been passed to the next generations attentively. It is usually held in all regions of Thailand at the end of Buddhist lent .

In Chonburi, It was first held in 2001 at Mabprachan Reservior located at the boundary between Nongprue Municipality and Pong Sub-district Municipality successfully among the huge crowd of visitors.

This festival will be in its 8th year which to be held during 22nd – 23rd November 2008 at the same place, Mabprachan Reservior situated in Banglamung District, Chonburi. The Buffalo Racing and traditional Long-Drum Contest have mostly accompanied this event. However, this year, the International Boat Race will additionally take part in. The neighbor countries who will join this event are Malaysia, Burma, Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia and Singapore.

There will be three types of competitions.For the small boat with maximal 30 crews participated by 12 competitors, the winner will receive Princess Sirinthorn Trophy along with 50,000 Baht while the second and the third places will receive the trophy from the organizers along with 30,000 and 20,000 Baht accordingly. For the large boats with maximal 55 crews participated by 8 competitors , the winner will receive Princess Sirinthorn Trophy along with 100,000 Baht while the second and the third places will receive the trophy from the orgarnizers along with 50,000 and 30,000. For the last type, the international boat with maximal 12 crews participated by 6 compettitors, the winner will receive Princess Sirinthorn Trophy along with 50,000 Baht while the second and the third places will receive the trophy from the organizers along with 30,000 and 20,000 Baht.

This event will be organize under the 3,500,000 Baht budget with additional 2,000,000 from Chonburi PAO as well as from 2009 expenses budget of Nongprue Municipality and Pong Sub-District Municipality.

This event objects to raise the honor for the Royal Institute who retains the ancient Royal activities along to the present.

It helps conserve Thai art and culture as well as Thai unique traditional life style, which is considered as national heritage. It is also to promote domestic tourism among Thai people as well as to attract the foreign tourists.

The event is expected to be live broadcasted on Thai TV or NBT which to be confirmed.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Sports News

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