New Delhi 28th August 2013 (Pankaj Rotoliya)- Sepak Takraw, the acrobatic foot volleyball which is hugely popular in Southeast Asia, is expected to make a splash in India when the Superseries, the game’s biggest series, is held in the capital from August 29-September 1. In all, 14 countries will participate. The 12-team men’s competition will be led by holders Thailand and will include Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Japan and United States as well as Iran. Eight nations will be seen in act in the women’s category. India will participate in both sections of the competition to be held in the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
Yogender Singh Dahiya, the Sepak Takraw federation of India (STFI) secretary-general, said the tournament will help popularise the game in the country. “India’s performance over the years has played a key role in the Super Series coming here. In the Super Series 2011/12 edition, the men’s team qualified for the semis.”
The India teams were selected on basis of performances in the national championships, where Manipur were the winners. The second leg will be played in Bangkok from September 26-29 and the third leg in Kota Kinabalau, Malaysia from October 29-November 3.
DSCN3101The International Sepaktakraw Federation, commonly known as ISTAF, is the international governing body for the sport of Sepaktakraw. Its current President is Major General Dr. Charouck Arirachakaran and was formed in 1992. Its main goal currently is to spread Sepaktakraw into 75 different countries and ultimately make it an Olympic sports. To reach their Olympic dream, the federation will have to work harder in order to fulfill the requirements of the International Olympic Council. Any featured sport must be popularly played in at least 75 countries around the globe.
Sepaktakraw is a sport originated from Southeast Asia . It is played similarly to volleyball but players use their feet, knee, chest and head to carry a rattan ball over the net. It is a spectacular sport that contains elements of volleyball, football, martial arts and gymnastics.