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Strange Sports: Sepak Takraw



The Contest of Feet

By: Cassie 

You normally use hands in a volleyball game, right? In a volleyball game, you try to let the ball drop to your opponent’s side and not on yours. Sepak Takraw, on the other side is basically is the same thing but you don’t use your hands. Instead, you use your feet.

This game is similar to volleyball, but you use a rattan ball(rattan ball needs to be spherical, made of synthetic fiber or one woven layer.) and it only allows you to use your feet, knee, chest, and head to touch the ball. This sport is a popular sport in Southeast Asia. What is the meaning of Sepak Takraw? Sepak means kick Malay while Takraw means woven ball. Together the name literally means kicking a woven ball.  There are lots of ways to play, and two ways to play is called regu and double regu. For regu, you need 3 people on each team. For double regu, you only need 2 people.

There is also international competitions too. International play is governed by ISTAF, which stands for International Sepak Takraw Federation. Most of the competitions for the sport such as the ISTAF Super Series, the ISTAF World Cup and the King’s Cup World Championships are held every year.