Asian Game: Sep­a­k­takraw (Chin­lone) Matches

SEP­A­K­TAKRAW (CHIN­LONE) MATCHES

The Global Digest (English) - - Contents - By Staff Cor­re­spon­dent

At the 17th In­cheon Asian Games, the Sepak­tawkraw Men’s Regu Fi­nal be­tween Thai­land and South Korea was held in the Bucheon Gym­na­sium on Oc­to­ber 3, 2014. At the end of the match, the win­ners were Thai­land for gold, South Korea for sil­ver, and Myan­mar and Malaysia for the bronze medals, re­spec­tively.

Ac­cord­ing to South Korean coach, Kore­ans started play­ing Sepak­tawkraw in1988. They started play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally ten years ago. This is the 5th gen­er­a­tion of play­ers. More­over, they used to hire Thai coaches, and trained in Thai­land. The South Korean team has the best Sepak­tawkraw play­ers out­side its ori­gin, the South­east Asian re­gion.

For the Thai team, their coach felt their team got pres­sure from spec­ta­tors. Ac­cord­ing to the Malaysian coach, their team did bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous game in China. How­ever, he is not sat­is­fied with the num­ber of games. With just two games, it is much less, he com­plained. The Malaysians also hope that Sepak­tawkraw could be an Olympic game.

Ac­cord­ing to Myan­mar’s coach, their team’s per­for­mance was the same as the 2010 in China. This time, they had four new play­ers, and they were a mix of older and younger play­ers. They are also pre­pared for the 2015 SEA Games. Sep­a­k­takraw is known as Chin­lone in Myan­mar. It is one of Myan­mar’s tra­di­tional sports. Nowa­days, it is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar in Asia. Many peo­ple who watch the games are be­com­ing more en­thu­si­as­tic with the sport. Surely some­day, it will be­come a world­wide sport. Sim­i­larly, the Sepak­tawkraw Women’s Regu Fi­nal be­tween Thai­land and South Korea was held. The win­ners were Thai­land for gold, South Korea for sil­ver, and China and In­done­sia tied for the bronze medals. At the Sep­a­k­takraw women’s team pre­lim­i­nary, the group B com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Myan­mar and In­dia was held at the Bucheon Gym­na­sium on Septem­ber 23, 2014. There were three teams from each coun­try for the com­pe­ti­tion of Regu1, Regu2 and Regu3. All three of Myan­mar’s women’s teams won the match against In­dia. Num­ber 5 Kay Zin Htut from Myan­mar was an ex­cel­lent player. She could hit the tar­get with­out miss­ing a sin­gle time. Num­ber 3 Kyu Kyu Thin from Myan­mar is also ex­cel­lent Tekong. She scored many times by just a good serv­ing cane ball. Myan­mar’s score con­tin­ued to in­crease and they won the game quickly by the 2nd match. They left the In­dian team with less than five points out of 21. Myan­mar’s women’s team won a gold medal for the women dou­ble match.

At the press con­fer­ence, the Thai coach ex­pressed that his team worked hard, and that they de­served to win the gold medal. How­ever, he did not say that the Thai team will

al­ways get the gold medal. “How long we will re­tain the gold, I don’t know,” he said. Again, the Thai author­ity will ask the Olympic Com­mit­tee to in­clude Sepak­takaraw in Olympic game.

The Korean coach had con­fessed that they had found a weak point in their team, so they will try to do bet­ter next time. The Korean team also par­tic­i­pated in the in­ter­na­tional match in Phuket, Thai­land, and else­where. Al­though the Korean gov­ern­ment did not sup­port them very much, they hope they will get bet­ter sup­port in the fu­ture. Kore­ans be­lieve Sep­a­k­takraw is an in­ter­na­tional sport and fa­mous among many games. They def­i­nitely hope many peo­ple will take in­ter­est in this sport. The Korean women’s team leader de­scribed how she started Sep­a­k­takraw. When she was in high school, she said that she was en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in­ter­ested in it. She sug­gests that this sport should have a live broad­cast. In­done­sian coaches said that they were proud to get bronze medal, and that they will try to do bet­ter next time. The In­done­sian team also par­tic­i­pated in the Asian Beach Games in Phuket. In In­done­sia, par­ents usu­ally pro­hib­ited their daugh­ters to go for sports train­ing cen­ter in many prov­inces. So they sug­gest it will be a good to start at the school to en­cour­age Sep­a­k­takraw.

The Chi­nese coach said their team is do­ing bet­ter and there will be more sup­port for the Sep­a­k­takraw team in their coun­try. The Chi­nese team also went to the Asian Beach Games. In China, teenagers do not par­tic­i­pate very much in Sep­a­k­takraw. They can only see matches in spe­cial oc­ca­sions, or in some school events. The coach be­lieved that the Asian Games made peo­ple more in­ter­ested in Sepak­tawkraw around China. It is sig­nif­i­cantly grow­ing in schools around China.

At the Sepak­tawkraw Press Con­fer­ence

Asian Game Sepak­tawkraw Women’s Regu - Myan­mar and In­dia

Asian Game Sepak­tawkraw Men’s Regu - Myan­mar and Thai­land

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