Dog bites Thai athlete
Thailand's Phongsathon Maliwan was bitten on the leg by a stray dog as he walked from the team's living quarters to have dinner in the Athletes' Village on Tuesday. It was not certain that he would make the team's next match against Egypt. Phongsathon was among dozens of Thai volleyball, soccer and track and field athletes who were forced to move out of the village later on Tuesday to live in a nearby apartment block. Some of the rooms in the village were overbooked, so the Thai athlete exodus made way for those from overseas.
Journeyman US athlete
It doesn't matter where Andy Hein calls home these days. He's not there much.
For the record, Hein is a native of Carol Stream, Illinois, but graduated last year from Pepperdine University and lives in Mission Viejo, California. The 23-year-old volleyball player is competing for the United States at the World University Games, just weeks after playing in Rio de Janeiro at the Pan American Games, where the US won a silver medal behind the hosts. ``I've clocked up about 30,000 miles [48,280km] in the past few weeks,'' Hein said yesterday at a US practice session at Thammasat University.
Jiang Quiyan defends title
China's Jiang Quiyan was awarded the first gold medal at the World University Games yesterday when she successfully defended the 20km walk title she won at Izmir, Turkey in 2005. Jiang set the University Games record of 1 hour, 33.13 seconds in Turkey, and finished more than two minutes slower yesterday but still took the gold in 1:35.22. Olimpiada Ivanova of Russia holds the world record in the event -- 1:25.41 set at the world championships in Helsinki, Finland, in August 2005.
Safe sex promoted
A Thai government health official said yesterday that 20,000 condoms have been made available to athletes for use during the World University Games. "This is not supporting sex, because we never think that the athlete will have sex in the sport village," Thawat Suntarajan said. "But we have to accept the truth that there someone want have fun at the sex service places. If 20,000 is not enough my department will supply more." There are between 9,000 and 10,000 athletes and officials in Bangkok for the games, which end on Aug. 18.
Neutral anthem selected
Athletes who win gold at the World University Games won't get to hear their national anthems when they receive their medals. The official International University Sports Federation anthem, Gaudeamus Igitur, replaces the national anthems at the medal ceremonies of all Universiades. It is an ancient student song from the middle 18th century, but the exact origin and name of the composer are unknown. The words are in Latin.