KUALA LUMPUR, March 6 – The Asian Sepaktakraw Federation (ASTAF) has rejected the request of the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) to be reinstated as an affiliate of the Asian governing body.
ASTAF General Secretary Boonchai Lorhpipat said in a statement that the decision to expel PSM on May 20 last year will remain final based on his last decision on Friday.
The notification letter was sent to PSM Secretary General Datuk Abidullah Salleh yesterday in response to the application letter sent on February 23.
Yesterday, ASTAF confirmed the new Malaysian Confederation Sepak Takraw (MSC) as its new official member.
Malaysian sepak takraw plunged into crisis after ASTAF withdrew PSM in May 2021, following the action of its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail, in his capacity as vice president of ASTAF, in sending a letter to the Olympic Council of Asia and the International Olympic Committee on February 2, 24 last year.
Ahmad, better known as Tok Mat, then quit his post in the PSM in June last year, followed by various efforts by the PSM to regain his membership in ASTAF.
However, ASTAF has recently confirmed that it will not accept PSM as an affiliate member.
Following this, the Sports Commissioner enabled MSC to gain the trust of ASTAF and the International Sepak Takraw Federation (ISTAF) to represent Malaysia in sepak takraw internationally. — Bernama