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Footballers hope to set a record
(2009-03-09 15:01:34)
PHUKET’S Provincial Administration Organization is hoping to enter the Guinness book of records with a 24-hour beach football tournament next month.

More than 120 teams from around the world are expected to play in the one-day event, which will kick off at 8am on April 11, the day before the Songkran festival begins.

The final whistle will be blown at 8am the following day.

It will be the first time that a soccer competition with so many teams has played non-stop for 24 hours.

Matches will be played on Patong, Karon and Kamala beaches, and everybody is welcome to come and watch free of charge.

A spokesman for the Tourism Association Thailand Phuket said the contest was open to amateur teams of five players, and invitations had been sent out to football clubs around the world.

Phuket’s Governor Dr Preecha Ruangjan said representatives from the Guinness book of records had been invited to attend to determine whether or not the tournament set a world record.

He said the tournament would bolster efforts to promote Phuket as an international sport venue.

Phuket already an annual beach volleyball tournament, the Laguna marathon, the Kalim surf contest, the Kings Cup Sailing Regatta, and the Kings Cup football tournament.
This will be the second world record bid for Phuket this year.

In January Dr Preecha helped stir what turned put to be the world’s largest nam prik (shrimp chillie paste) at the Phuket Food festival in Sapan Hin.

Phuket officials are still awaiting confirmation of the accolade, but it seems certain it was indeed a record breaking effort.

For further information about the football tournament, or to enter a team, call Phuket’s Provincial Sport and Tourism office on 076 217054 or e-mail phuket@mots.go.th