The Phaic Tanese synchronized ten-pin bowling team go through their paces.

 
     
    Sport




COCK CRAZY
Residents of Phaic Tan’s northern provinces have combined two great sporting passions by teaching their roosters to kick box. So popular have these events become that in the mid-90s the WWF began televising bouts. Recently an estimated TV audience of 3.8 million tuned into a special pay-per-view event Cockamania III. Other broadcasts include Rage in a Cage, Quack Down! and Smack-A-Doodle-Doo.


 

Cock Fighting
Despite various attempts to ban it, cock fighting remains a hugely popular sport in Phaic Tan with thousands of matches held every day throughout the country.

Fights are generally ‘to the death’ with the loser ending up as chicken nuggets. Champion cocks are highly prized for their ferocity and aggression and will often fight for up to 10 years after which time they are ‘retired’ and sold as children’s pets. Recently Phaic Tan was chosen as host nation for the next Southeast Asian Cock Fighting Championships ‘Peckfest 2008’.

PING PONG
Despite being a non-contact sport, table tennis is well loved by the Phaic Tanese and many remember fondly the exploits of their country’s most gifted exponent, the legendary Tommy ‘Tuk Tuk’ Pyhong (1965–93). His signature shot was known as the King Cobra in which he would jump, spin and – in a flash of stunning contortion – smash the ball. Tommy’s action was so fast it was said he could play himself – and lose. His career was tragically cut short at the ’93 Regional Championships when, after a particularly hard fought victory, he attempted to jump the net and was crushed by the collapsing table.

 

     
 
This extract taken from PHAIC TAN – SUNSTROKE ON A SHOESTRING