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Sepak Takraw

Sepak Takraw, also called kick volleyball, is a sport that is played all throughout Southeast Asia. The sport was developed from a traditional sport called Sepak raga. There are related sports in other Asian countries, such as sipa in the Philippines, chinlone from Myanmar. It is also claimed to be related to cuju in China and kemari in Japan.

The sport is also known as kick volleyball, as it can simply be described as volleyball using the feet. There are actually many differences from volleyball. Sepak takraw uses a rattan ball, and the players only use their feet, knee, chest, and head to touch the ball. Sepak takraw may be played indoors or outdoors like at the beach.



Two teams play with three members each, the teams are called regus. One player is situated at the back and that player is called tekong.

The tekong serves the ball. Once the ball is served; the players are allowed to move freely around the court. Using the hands is not permitted, and each player can touch the ball only once before it is hit over the net. The ball can be returned over the net using any part of the body except for the arm from the shoulder to the point of the finger.

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Sepak takraw usually consists of three sets, 21 points per set; the team who wins two sets wins the game.

Not being able to use the arms means that there are spectacular jumps and flips to attempt to kick the ball over the net. See videos of the sport of Speak Takraw in action.



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