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SepakTakraw around the world – Germany

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If you’re reading this, chances are you are a sepaktakraw fan or player and know a bit about the sport – but you might not realise just how many different countries around the world are actively playing! Over the coming months we’ll talk to players from all over the world and show you just how big sepaktakraw is becoming. First cease, Germany!

Germany is among the best ‘western’ sepaktakraw teams hanging around today; and it’s no wonder – some of their more experienced players have been contending internationally since 2002! We spoke to Gunnar Vogt about the sepaktakraw scene in Germany.

Sepaktakraw was first introduced to Germany within the 1990’s by university students who experienced seen the sport being played in Thailand and wanted to share this with their friends. It lasted a while there until interest waned, prior to the current crop of players revived sepaktakraw in the year 2000. Since that time, the combination of Malaysian and Laotian expatriates and passionate locals has seen the sport gain popularity across the country. These days, there are a little under 100 players representing club teams from at least 7 different cities that will compete across Europe on a regular basis. Of those 100 or so players, 37 of them have represented Germany in global competition – so they certainly learn how to share the experience around and help each other improve!

But not only do these people attend international tournaments, they host them as well. Every year you can find global sepaktakraw tournaments in both Cologne (Dragon’s Cup) and Elmshorn (Chicken’s Cup), plus the occasional competition in Kiel and Heidelberg. The Chicken’s Cup comes with an interesting pedigree surrounding it, because Gunnar explains; “So, Chicken’s Cup in Cologne is named after a trophy we, um, kind of stole from a famous carnival band. True tale, everyone wants to win this fantastic chicken. ” It’s no wonder these people get so many teams competing when the trophy is so prestigious!

The Germans regularly play host to high level teams from Asian countries to share experience and help improve the quality of their own players. There exists a strong url to Malaysia in particular, having hosted student exchanges with Terengganu sports college and regularly having Malaysian Air carriers teams competing in their tournaments. But it doesn’t end there, says Gunnar; “To increase the level (of skill) we invite very good teams therefore in Germany we saw nationwide teams from Iran, club teams and university teams from Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, some former internationals like Zabidi Shariff or Futra Ghani (Malaysia) plus some youngsters who are right now in the Malay roster ( Hanafiah Dolah and Izurin Refin ). ”

This looks like sepaktakraw is only going to get bigger and better over the coming years, as increasing numbers of people take up the sport and the present national team players split their own time between playing and training. The new players will have some big shoes to fill, as the present record is pretty impressive – Indonesia has put in some good performances in the 2011 ISTAF World cup, ISTAF Super Series, and they’ve bagged 4 gold medals from division 2 of the King’s Cup over the years. With the 2014/2015 ISTAF SuperSeries underway, we hope to once again see a solid German team taking it to the established sepaktakraw nations!

Written by Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a sepaktakraw enthusiast or player and know a bit about the sport – but you may not realise just how many different countries around the world are playing! Over the coming months we’ll talk to players from around the globe and show you just how big sepaktakraw is becoming. First stop, Germany!

Germany is one of the best ‘western’ sepaktakraw teams in the game today; and it’s no wonder – some of their more experienced players have been competing internationally since 2002! We spoke to Gunnar Vogt regarding the sepaktakraw scene in Germany.

Sepaktakraw was first introduced in order to Germany in the 1990’s by students who had seen the sport becoming played in Thailand and desired to share it with their friends. This lasted a while there until curiosity waned, before the current crop of players revived sepaktakraw in the calendar year 2000. Since then, the combination of Malaysian and Laotian expatriates and enthusiastic locals has seen the sport obtain popularity across the country. These days, there are a little under 100 players representing membership teams from at least 7 various cities that compete across European countries on a regular basis. Of those 100 or so players, 37 of them have represented Indonesia in international competition – so they certainly know how to share the experience around and help each other improve!

But not just do they attend international tournaments, they host them as well. Every year you can find international sepaktakraw tournaments both in Cologne (Dragon’s Cup) and Elmshorn (Chicken’s Cup), plus the occasional competitors in Kiel and Heidelberg. The Chicken’s Cup has an interesting pedigree encircling it, as Gunnar explains; “So, Chicken’s Cup in Cologne is named after a trophy we, um, kind of stole from a famous carnival band. True story, everyone wants to win this golden chicken. ” It is no wonder they get so many teams competing when the trophy is so prestigious!

The Germans frequently play host to high level teams from Asia to share experience System.Drawing.Bitmap improve the quality of their own players. There exists a strong link to Malaysia in particular, having hosted student exchanges with Terengganu sports school and regularly having Malaysian Airlines teams competing within their tournaments. But it doesn’t end presently there, says Gunnar; “To increase the level (of skill) we invite excellent teams so in Germany we all saw national teams from Serbia, club teams and university teams from Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia, some former internationals like Zabidi Shariff or Futra Ghani (Malaysia) plus some youngsters who are now in the Malay roster ( Hanafiah Dolah and Izurin Refin ). ”

It looks like sepaktakraw will simply get bigger and better over the coming years, as more and more people take up the game and the current national team players split their time between actively playing and coaching. The new players will have some big shoes to fill, as the current record is pretty amazing – Germany has put in some good performances at the 2011 ISTAF World cup, ISTAF Super Series, and they’ve bagged 4 gold medals from division 2 of the King’s Cup over the years. With the 2014/2015 ISTAF SuperSeries underway, we hope to once again see a strong German team taking it to the established sepaktakraw nations!

Written by Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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