The national sport of Malaysia is known as Sepak Takraw. It is a game in which the participants must kick the ball commonly known as takraw ball over the net. A takraw ball is a hollow ball made from woven palm stems or rattan. This sport is more or less the same as volley or badminton except that players in this game don’t use their hands to kick the ball.
Players in this game can use their legs, feet, chest, head and knees to knock the takraw ball over the net. This sport began in Southeast Asia and is very common in Malaysia. The game has also gained popularity in other countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Laos among other Asian nations. This sport is played in different variations in different nations. Apart from sepak takraw, badminton is also another popular game in Malaysia.
How to Play Sepak Takraw
Sepak Takraw is a game played between two teams with three players on either side. The players position include; the right inside, left inside, and the back. The playing court is just similar to the badminton court and the net is about 1.5 metres high. Initially, the traditional ball was made from woven rattan, bamboo, or even woven palm stems. Today, the modern ball is made from synthetic and is very durable.
The basic rules for playing and scoring in this game are similar to volleyball rules. Each team is only allowed to make a maximum of three touches of the ball and get it over the net to the opponent’s side without letting it touch the ground. The first team to accumulate either 15 or 21 points, based on the rules of the game, wins the set. To win the match, a team has to prevail in two sets.
Playing begins by the server tossing the Takraw ball while retaining one leg in a small circle also known as the ‘serving circle” He or she must then kick the ball using the other foot over the net and to the other side.
After that, the game is played in a similar way as volleyball and the volleyball rules basically apply, apart from the fact that players cannot touch the ball using their hands or arms.
Top takraw gamers must incorporate excellent foot-eye coordination with speed, expectation, energy, overall flexibility, and a few acrobatic skills.
I hope that by reading through this article, you now have the basic knowledge about the national sport for Malaysia and how it is played.