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Jakarta Post

Federation dreams of taking the Olympic stage

  • Khairul Saleh

    The Jakarta Post

Palembang   /   Mon, February 27 2012   /  08:00 am

The International Sepak Takraw Federation (ISTAF) says it wants to bring the Malay-Thai Peninsula native sport to Olympic Games within eight to 12 years.

Sepak takraw or kick volleyball resembles volleyball, except that the ball is made from rattan and players may only use their feet, knees, chest and head to touch the ball.

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.

“We will introduce sepak takraw in African and Arabian countries in order to meet the IOC requirement,” ISTAF secretary-general Datuk Abdul Halim bin Kader told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of an International Sepak Takraw Super Series tournament in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Saturday.

As part of the ...