PUTRAJAYA (7 NOVEMBER 2014): The stage is set for Malaysian Sepaktakraw players to showcase their skills with the launch of the inaugural SepakTakraw League (STL).
Local amateur Sepaktakraw players are invited to participate in the three-month long league, which is expected to attract a total of 640 players involving 128 regus in four regional tournaments.
STL is scheduled to kick-off with the opening act at the Kuala Terengganu State Indoor Stadium from Nov 13-16, 2014 followed by tournaments in Kedah, Johor and Malacca. The Grand Finals will be held at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur over two weekends on Jan 10-11 and Jan 17-18, 2015.
STL is a partnership between Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia (PSM) and Asia Sports Ventures, the arm Astro responsible for managing, developing and promoting Sepaktakraw globally.
STL aspires to be the platform to invigorate the quality of play in the country’s Sepaktakraw to reignite Malaysia’s love for the sport and to re-establish Sepaktakraw as a premier sports.
PSM and Asia Sports Ventures are confident STL will be a platform for new talent to emerge with the best players earmarked for higher level of competition and as the foundation for the domestic SepakTakraw League.
STL was officially launched today by Youth and Sports Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin.
Astro Chief Operating Officer, Henry Tan, Persatuan Sepaktakraw Malaysia President Dato’ Haji Ahmad Ismail and Asia Sports Ventures Chief Operating Officer, Venu Ramadass were also present at the launch.
The introduction of the STL, said Khairy, will serve as a catalyst to improve the standing of Malaysian Sepaktakraw in the arena.
“I sincerely hope with the introduction of STL, we are able to produce a wider pool of talented players at the base and be a force to be reckoned with once again. It’s a long and winding road but with hard work and proper development programmes we can achieve our targets,” said Khairy.
“A concerted national effort to transform Malaysia into a sporting nation driven by a RM103 million budget announced by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak recently takes centre stage in 2015,” he said, stressing that the quality of high performance areas for football, badminton, cycling, Sepaktakraw, aquatics and athletics will be improved.
The initiative, spearheaded by the Sports
Ministry, will focus on the implementation of four key measures that would see
rise in all areas from grassroots programmes aimed at the masses through high
PSM president, Dato’ Haji Ahmad Ismail,
believes this investment by the Sports Ministry would allow their grassroots
programmes to flourish.
“We have always been thankful for all the
assistance the government has provided to Sepaktakraw and this development will
complement our existing programmes. It is good to have more help to develop
quality players for the future. We welcome ASV and Astro to work with us to
develop Sepaktakraw and to take it to a new level” added Dato’ Ahmad Ismail.
He revealed that PSM’s programme will be
focused on developing a team capable of winning gold at the 2017 SEA Games and
2018 Asian Games.
Astro Chief Operating Officer Henry Tan said:
“Astro is committed to the development and promotion of local sports. We put
Sepaktakraw in high regards as it is the oldest sports in this region and has
all the attributes to become a truly international sport. We are confident STL
will invigorate Sepaktakraw in Malaysia and that we can take this success
STL on Astro:
SepakTakraw League will be broadcast live on Astro SuperSport 2 (HD), Astro Arena and RTM.
For more information on STL, please visit:
Terengganu Leg - (Stadium Negeri Kuala Terengganu, Nov 13-16).
Kedah Leg - (Stadium Sultan Abdul Halim, Alor Setar; Nov 22-23 & Nov 29-30).
Johor Leg - (Pasir Gudang Indoor Stadium; Dec 13-14 & Dec 20-21).
Malacca Leg - (Stadium Majlis Perbandaran Melaka, Bukit Seringit; Dec 27-28, 2014 & Jan 3-4, 2015).
Grand Final - (Stadium Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur; Jan 10-11 & Jan 17-18, 2015).
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