KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s new Sepak Takraw entity, the Malaysian Sepaktakraw Confederation (MSC) has received another good news as it has been accepted as an affiliate member of the International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF), effective last Monday (April 4th). ).
ISTAF General Secretary Abdul Halim Kader said the decision was taken at the ISTAF Executive Committee meeting on the same day after MSC submitted the application to become an affiliate member of the governing body. world sepak takraw on march 6th.
“The ISTAF Executive Committee heard from its Vice President Boonchai Lorhpipat as well as MSC President Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman on his presentation including the documentary and the oral submission.
“ISTAF further recognizes that MSC is the sole governing and controlling body for sepak takraw in Malaysia. The ISTAF Executive Committee is particularly impressed with the MSC submission,” he said in a statement today.
Abdul Halim also mentioned that the letter of support that was submitted by MSC to the Malaysian sports authorities, namely the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Sports Commissioner’s Office, made a strong impression on them to be considered as the new affiliate member of ISTAF.
In the meantime, the Singaporean who is also the president of the Asian Sepaktakraw Federation (ASTAF) said that ISTAF will also convey the acceptance to Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu as a sign of respect and respect. goodwill between ISTAF and Malaysia.
“ISTAF is indeed very pleased with this recent development in Malaysia, registering our gratitude to ASTAF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia for the assistance rendered in this matter. Let us work now and move forward together in a spirit of unity for the betterment of our sport – sepak takraw,” he added.
Earlier on March 5, MSC was confirmed as the new official member of ASTAF.
Malaysian sepak takraw plunged into crisis after ASTAF suppressed the Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association (PSM) in May 2021, following the action of its president Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail, in his capacity as deputy President of ASTAF, by sending a letter to the Olympic Council of Asia and the International Olympic Committee on February 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 ISTAF to be the representative of Malaysia in sepak takraw internationally.-Bernama