IT'S ALL IN THE GAME
Wobbling legs and clear hair
Badminton star Boonsak Ponsana, takraw player Suebsak Phansueb and jockey Pongsiree Bunluewong have never had the age-old problem of dandruff, but nevertheless were picked as the faces of Clinic Clear because of their good looks.
Dazzling artists they may be on the court and on the track, but when it came to the catwalk during the recent launch of Clinic Clear - the first anti-dandruff shampoo for men in Thailand - they looked like novices.
"Hmm. A good experience. I tried hard to control myself during the walk. I felt a bit excited as I was trying to make it one of my best shows. It's a totally different game altogether. I don't think I am cut out for modelling. I am not going make it my second career," said Boonsak.
"I don't have dandruff, but I think we were selected because of our good image. Sports and sports persons make a big impact on Thai youth, who are the main customers for shampoos," he added." - The Nation.
Another sort of water festival
The main Songkran day is just two days away, but basketball players and their fans celebrated the water-splashing festival four days early ... sort of. Instead of spraying or splashing water over one another, they threw bottles of water onto the Hua Mark Indoor Stadium court to protest a referee's decision.
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) led reigning two-time champions Hi-Tech 69-68 with just three seconds remaining in the men's semi-finals of the King's Cup Basketball Tournament, only to learn a second later that the referee had ruled that their players had deliberately fouled a Hi-Tech player. The referee awarded Hi-Tech two free throws, both of which they sank.
The PEA's Dilip Rai was furious and kicked a bottle of water out of frustration. It accidentally hit a child sitting at the courtside, and all hell broke loose. The deluge began and the court was soaked - but surprisingly, none of the players got wet. - The Nation.
Suvit gets the peace he wanted
It takes a very patient man to preside over a boring, endless and tense meeting. And who could be better for the job than Sports Minister Suvit Yodmani?
As the chairman of the SEA Games organising committee, the minister had no choice but to endure a marathon meeting at the Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima, where the biennial event will be held in December.
After five long, painful hours - that included updates on venue construction, the fiscal plan, the Games theme and a fracas between members - the minister was lucky to have a spiritual retreat at an ancient temple, which was a 30-minute drive away and in a secluded area.
The minister was happily welcomed by dozens of villagers who had been waiting for him since the afternoon. Leaving behind all the tension, the minister got the peace of mind he sorely wanted as he paid his respects to a gigantic reclining Buddha statue, which is more than 1,000 years old. - The Nation.