Sepak Takraw

Mukesh Srivastava

Joined February 2009

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Captured this action of Sepak Takraw game during 34th National Games, Dhanbad, India

Sepak Takraw:

Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of volleyball in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. It is a popular sport in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and India.

International play is now governed by ISTAF, the International Sepak Takraw Federation. The King’s Cup World Championships are held every year in Thailand.
Sepak takraw is now a regular sport event in the Asian Games and the Southeast Asian Games.
Canadians have founded their own “Sepak Takraw Association of Canada”(STAC) on December 11, 1998. This was due to Rick Engel, the current president of STAC. STAC
A Japan team composed of university students debuted—along with the sports itself—at the 1990 Asian Games in Beijing. While there are no professional teams in Japan, colleges such as Asia University, Chiba University, Waseda University and Keio University have formed their own team
Earliest historical evidence shows that the game was played in the 15th century’s Malacca Sultanate, for it is mentioned in the famous Malay historical text, “The Sejarah Melayu” (Malay Annals)3. The Malay Annals described in details the incident of Raja Muhammad, a son of Sultan Mansur Shah who was accidentally hit with a rattan ball by Tun Besar , a son of Tun Perak, in a sepak raga game. The ball hit Raja Muhammad’s headgear and knocked it down to the ground. In anger, Raja Muhammad immediately stabbed and killed Tun Besar, whereupon some of Tun Besar’s kinsmen retaliated and wanted to kill Raja Muhammad. However, Tun Perak managed to restrain them from such an act of treason by saying that he would no longer accept Raja Muhammad as the Sultan’s heir. As a result of this incident, Sultan Mansur Shah ordered his son out of Malacca and had him installed as the ruler of Pahang.4.
In Bangkok, murals at Wat Phra Kaeo which was built in 1785, depict the Hindu god Hanuman playing sepak takraw in a ring with a troop of monkeys. Other historical accounts mention the game earlier during the reign of King Naresuan (1590–1605) of Ayutthaya. The game remained in its circle form for hundreds of years, and the modern version of sepak takraw began taking shape in Thailand sometime during early 1740s. In 1866 the Siam Sports Association drafted the first rules for takraw competition. Four years later, the association introduced the volleyball-style net and held the first public contest. Within just a few years, takraw was introduced to the curriculum in Siamese schools. The game became such a cherished local custom that another exhibition of volleyball-style takraw was staged to celebrate the kingdom’s first constitution in 1933, the year after Thailand abolished absolute monarchy.
Some sources in Indonesia say that “Sepak Takraw” in Indonesia is probably developed from the buginese traditional game which is called “Raga” (the players are called

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