ASTAKA also withdraws from besieged Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association
KOTA KINABALU (May 24): The Sabah Sepak Takraw Association (ASTAKA) is the latest state association to withdraw from the Warring Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (STAM).
ASTAKA President Datuk Hj Awang Sham Hj Amit said the decision was made at his special Supreme Council and Executive Committee meeting here on Monday.
According to him, ASTAKA had no choice but to make a difficult decision as they were concerned about the future of the sport in the state and the country after STAM’s expulsion from the Asian Federation Sepak Takraw (ASTAF). recently.
“We took seriously the expulsion of STAM as an affiliate member of ASTAF on May 20.
“In order to enable a harmonious development of sepak takraw in the country, ASTAKA has decided to withdraw from STAM with immediate effect,” Awang Sham told reporters after chairing the special meeting.
Before ASTAKA’s withdrawal, nine other state associations severed their ties with STAM, which is the country’s governing body for sepak takraw.
They are the Sarawak Sepak Takraw Association, Negeri Sembilan Sepak Takraw Association, Perak Darul Ridzuan Sepak Takraw Associations, Gabungan Sepak Takraw Kelantan, Johor Sepak Takraw Association, Selangor Sepak Takraw Association, Kedah Sepak Takraw Association, Terengganu Sepak Takraw Association, Terengganu Sepak Takraw Association and Federal Territory of Putrajaya Sepak Takraw Association.
Meanwhile, Awang Sham said ASTAKA has added its voice to support the new leadership of the national governing body in the interest of sepak takraw’s continued development.
“ASTAKA will continue to represent Sabah sepak takraw… we will go with the voice of the majority and support the efforts for a new national body so that the sepak takraw can keep moving forward.
“However, we hope that no state, including Sabah, will be left behind under the new leadership,” Awang Sham said while expressing his gratitude to STAM for its past efforts.
Awang Sham assured the Sabah sepak takraw fraternity, including the fans, that ASTAKA will continue to take care of the development of the sport in the state.
It was reported that on May 20, STAM was expelled with immediate effect from ASTAF after being found guilty following the action of its chairman, Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail, in sending a letter to the Olympic Council of Asia. (OCA) and which had been copied to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in his capacity as Vice-President of ASTAF on February 24.
His action was deemed contrary to the written commitments made to the International Sepak Takraw Federation (ISTAF) and ASTAF on March 14, 2008 “to support ISTAF and ASTAF to establish and maintain effective administration of the federation”.
STAM has 14 days to appeal the conviction.