Sepak Takraw is one of the unfamiliar sports in Korea, but the format of the game is very familiar.
It is similar to volleyball in that you have to pass the ball into the opponent’s net without bouncing within a total of 3 touches, and it is similar to jokgu in that you have to make spectacular attacks with your feet.
To put it simply, it is safe to call it ‘volleyball played with feet’.
Instead, the ‘scissors kick’ attack and ‘rolling kick’ (spinning kick), which can exceed 100 km per hour, are attractions that can only be enjoyed in Sepak Takraw.
As you can guess from the name, Sepak Takraw, a combination of the Malay word ‘Sepak’ (kick) and the Thai word ‘Takraw’ (ball), originated in Southeast Asia.
Malaysia and Thailand each claimed to be the originator and each pushed ‘Sepak’ and ‘Takraw’ as the names of the sport, creating a new word called ‘Sepak Takraw’ by adding the two words.
It was adopted as an official event at the Asian Games starting in 1990 in Beijing, and 38 of the 39 gold medals from previous games were won by Southeast Asian countries.
Among them, the main country is Thailand.
Sepak Takraw Korean women’s lego won the gold medal at the 2022 World Championships
Thailand swept 26 gold medals in previous competitions, and also won gold medals in all four events at the previous competition, the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Games.
Thailand is followed by Myanmar (5 gold medals), Malaysia (4 gold medals), Vietnam (2 gold medals), and Indonesia (1 gold medal).
Just as people play foot volleyball at military bases in Korea and in summer gardens using only a soccer ball and a net, Sepak Takraw is played in Southeast Asia.
Korea is the only non-Southeast Asian country to win an Asian Games gold medal.
Korea, which won the gold medal in the men’s circle at the 2002 Busan Games (a sport where you stand in a circle and perform various techniques like jegichagi and add up the scores), is challenging for its first gold medal in 21 years.
In this year’s Hangzhou Asian Games, Sepak Takraw will be held at Jinhua Sports Center Gymnasium from the 24th to October 7th.
The total number of gold medals is 6, the same as the Jakarta and Palembang competitions, but the distribution has been changed to 3 gold medals for both men and women.
Sepak Takraw World Cup Korea-Taiwan match held in Daejeon this year
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In the previous competition, there were four gold medals for men and two for women.
At the Hangzhou Asian Games, the ‘men’s team doubles’ event, a team event in which two players participate, disappeared, and the ‘women’s lego’ (three-player game) was revived.
In Sepak Takraw, each country can participate in only two events for men and women to prevent the home country, Thailand, from monopolizing the gold medal.
Korea participates in men’s quad (four-person team) and team lego, and women’s lego and team lego.
Korea, which won a silver medal in women’s lego and a bronze medal in men’s lego at the Jakarta-Palembang Games, is ready to deliver golden news this time.
Korea participated in the men’s kabaddi final at the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang
Like Sepak Takraw, Kabaddi is a sport that strongly reveals Asian colors.
Kabaddi, which originated from a traditional Indian game, means ‘holding one’s breath’ in Hindi.
The game format is easy to understand if you think of it as a combination of tag and dodgeball, which is played without a ball.
Seven players from each team stand in camps in a 10mx13m stadium for men and 8mx12m for women.
On the team with the right to attack, a player called ‘Raider’ scores when he enters the opponent’s court, touches the ‘anti’ defensive players, and returns safely.
You get 1 point for each person you touch, and you can use either his hands or feet.
Raider must continuously chant ‘Kabaddi’ from the moment he enters the opponent’s court until he leaves.
This is the most important feature of this sport, as if you stop chanting, you lose points and the right to attack, hence the name of the sport, ‘Kabaddi’.
Agility and strength are important as fierce physical battles take place, and cardiorespiratory endurance is also important to constantly shout ‘Kabaddi’ in the opponent’s camp.스포츠토토
Kabaddi was adopted as an official sport at the 1990 Beijing Games, and India, the home country, is the strongest country.
India dominated the nine gold medals in kabaddi from the inaugural tournament to the 2014 Incheon Games.
However, at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games, they saved face with a bronze medal for men and a silver medal for women.
Instead, Iran emerged as a new kabaddi powerhouse by winning both men’s and women’s gold medals.
Korea won bronze and silver medals in the men’s event at the 2014 Incheon Games and the 2018 Jakarta/Palembang Games, respectively, led by General Lee, who was very active in the Indian professional league.
Although it had low awareness, it was one of the most successful stocks.
In the aftermath of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19) pandemic, the Indian professional league was suspended, the Hangzhou Asian Games were also postponed for a year, and Korean kabaddi was also hit hard.
This competition will feature Woo Hee-jun, who has garnered attention for her history as Miss Korea and a deployed officer, and is aiming for her first-ever medal in the women’s event.
There was one gold medal each for men and women at the Hangzhou Asian Games, which will be held at the Xiaoshan Sports Center from October 2nd to 7th.