William accepts invitation to play polo in Thailand
Monday, 13 June 2005
Prince Charles' eldest son Prince William has agreed to play in a charity polo match in Thailand in December to mark the anniversary of the devastating tsunami in the south of the country.
Prince William helped a Thai team defeat Dubai in the Chakravarty King Power Cup at the Ham Polo Club in London on Saturday.
Vichai Raksriaksorn, president of the Thailand Polo Association (TPA), teamed up with Princes Charles and William and world No 1 Adolfo Cambiaso of Argentina in the Thai team which played Dubai.
"Both of them [the Princes] played well for the Thai team, especially Prince William, who tried his best to attack the stronger Dubai," said Vichai. "Prince William received my invitation to play in a charity match in Thailand.
"The match is likely to take place on December 26 to mark the anniversary of the tsunami in the south. A new ground in Lat Krabang has already been prepared for the match Prince William will play in," he added.
The Thai team narrowly defeated the Dubai team of Tariq Albwardy, Ali Albwardy, Eduardo Heguy and Vichai's son Aiyawat 7-6.5 in the four-chukka contest in front of a large crowd of Thai fans including Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Thepsutin.
Vichai scored the first goal for the Thai side before Dubai bounced back.
Before the end of the first chukka, Prince William showed his skills by adding the second goal for Thailand. Cambiaso and Prince William then combined and put more pressure on Dubai.
In the third chukka, Cambiaso and Vichai combined to score two goals and put Thailand ahead. But Dubai's confidence, however, went sky-high after Aiyawat added one more goal in the fourth and final chukka to help his team lead 6.5-6.
Cambiaso saved the day for the Thai side, scoring the last goal to end Dubai's challenge in the one-day charity event.
Published on June 14, 2005
The Nation Thailand