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Kick Volleyball to Win

When we hear the word volleyball our mind automatically creates an image of a player catching and throwing a volleyball to score a point. But there is a sport similar to volleyball due to its use of a net and association with football and its use of a rattan ball with players using only their feet, knees, shoulders, chest and head to touch the ball. The name of the sport is Sepak Takraw also called kick volleyball, is a team sport played with a ball made of rattan or synthetic plastic. The sport's modern version was introduced in 1960 when officials from Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar met in Kuala Lumpur to agree on a name and standard rules for it. It is governed internationally by the International Sepaktakraw Federation (ISTAF), formed in 1988. It has been a sport at the Asian Games since 1990 with Thailand securing the highest number of gold medals. It is played on a court similar to badminton's double-sized court. The net should be made of fine ordinary cord or nylon with 6 cm to 8 cm mesh, similar to a volleyball net. A match is played by two teams called 'regu', each consisting of three players. On some occasions, it can be played by only two players or four players per team. An official double or regu match is won by best of three sets with each set being played up to 21 points. The sport is mentioned in the fourth episode of the sixth season of the animated series Supa Strikas.

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