Asian Games venues will be ready before Indonesia hosts the showpiece event in a month, organisers say, but the threat of terror attacks and endless traffic jams still looms over the regional olympics.
A total of 156 players have been confirmed as starters for the Royal Cup which will be held from July 26-29 at the Phoenix Gold Golf & Country Club, Chon Buri province with a total prize money of US$500,000.
Paris - The World Cup-winning French team returned home to a heroes' welcome on Monday, parading down the Champs-Elysees as hundreds of thousands of cheering fans gave a raucous welcome to the country's newest idols.
Franceâs Ambassador to Thailand, Gilles Garachon, was on cloud nine when witnessing his country celebrate their second FIFA World Cup title, especially as he was among what was a strong local, supportive ambiance in Bangkok on Sunday night.
Didier Deschamps' France side have not always won admirers for their way of playing at this World Cup, but that will not matter to the hundreds of thousands celebrating on the streets back home after their final victory over Croatia.
France won their second World Cup 20 years after their maiden triumph on Sunday, seeing off a dogged and desperate Croatia side who refused to lie down in one of the most electrifying finals in recent years.
UP-AND-COMING Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan ended the reign of Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia at Bangkokâs Nimibutr National Stadium when he beat the world No 15 21-16 13-21 21-9 to win the menâs singles title in the Toyota Thailand Open yesterday.
The World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow on Sunday brings the curtain down on a month-long festival of football that has changed perceptions of the host country while also giving hope to the underdog on the field.
French fans dared to dream of a World Cup victory on Sunday as they prepared to watch the game on a sunny summer weekend after a tournament that has lifted spirits and led to a rare sense of national unity.