The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports has announced the sponsorship of Cambodian athletes to participate in the Sepak Takraw Asian Championships which begin today in Kunming, Yunnan, China.
Dr Meas Sarin, Sepak Takraw Federation President and MoEYS Advisor, speaking at a ceremony Friday alongside seven selected athletes, urged them to pay close attention to their health, to relax enough to be able to compete. , and lead Cambodia to a good result.
For the championships, the ministry supported the athletes through donors, including Dr Sarin.
In China, a total of four events will be up for grabs; Regu and Double for men and women with an estimated total of 17 countries from China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Australia, Iran, Pakistan, Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and Cambodia . This is the first time that China has hosted the event.
Sepak Takraw, also known as Kick Volleyball, is originally from Southeast Asia. Players use a rattan ball and only allow players to use their feet and head to touch the ball. Halfway between football and volleyball, it is a popular sport in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, the Philippines and Indonesia.
Historians believe that it was almost definitely preceded by the Chinese game of Cuju. It is believed to have been introduced through early trade and had already become popular in Malaysia and Thailand by the early 1400s. At the time, it was called Takraw in Thai or Sepak Raga in Malay.
At the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, Cambodia won the gold medal in the Chinlone four-team liaison event of the Sepak Takraw competition.