The game of Sepak Takraw really never fascinates me until I came across an excited crowd cheering their favourite players in a rural Sarawakian town. I was being instantly drawn into the crowd and despite the scorching mid day sun, I remained there shooting the players in action game after game. The skills of one particular player (in white) were particularly admirable.Most of his kicks were deadly powerful and accurate.
This traditional game was created by the royal family of Malaysia some 500 years ago. The name itself came from two languages, Sepak is "kick" in Malay and Takraw is "Ball" in Thai.The game looks similiar to that of volleyball which is played in a court and a net divides the 3 players from each team.The players can only use their legs, heads and back in the game.Touching of the ball by hands is only permitted during serving before the ball is being kicked over the net.
Sepak Takraw is a popular game among ASEAN nations. Both the Asian Sepak Takraw League and International Sepak Takraw League which have 18 member nations, are headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand.