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Sepaktakraw around the world – Switzerland

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For the fourth instalment in our Sepaktakraw around the world series we head back over to Europe and talk to Reto Loeliger and Werner Rieflin about sepaktakraw in Switzerland . Werner doubles as a player and Head Coach for the Swiss national group; while Reto is responsible for introducing the sport to Switzlerand in 1995, will be the current president of the Swiss Sepaktakraw Association, and is also a veteran player with twenty years of experience under their belt.

As is so often the case for western players of sepaktakraw, it all started for Reto with a holiday to Thailand exactly where, together with friend and fellow footbag player Stefan Ursenbacher, Reto found out and subsequently fell in love with sepaktakraw. After becoming well and truly “infected with all the sepaktakraw virus”, as Reto describes, the duo bought some golf balls and returned to Switzerland exactly where they continued to play socially in their free time. Their player base started to steadily increase as more and more of their buddies became fascinated by the sport, until in the year 2000 the Swiss Sepaktakraw Association was founded. (Follow them on Facebook right here! )

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Team Switzerland (black shirts) at the 2000 King’s Cup with teams USA, Brazil and Canada.

In that very same year the Swiss national team made their own first appearance in competition in the 2000 King’s Cup, where they lost to Sri Lanka, Canada and Brazil. It wasn’t the most auspicious of starts, but it was the begin of something great; as it inspired Switzerland to plan the first ever sepaktakraw competition in Europe ! Just a few years right after their international debut at the King’s Cup, Switzerland hosted the 1st Swiss Open in Basel in the year 2003, with participating teams travelling from Germany, Austria, France, and of course Switzerland, just to be a part of the historic occasion. Since those early days, the Swiss Open has become an important feature in European competition as evidenced by the fantastic turnout of teams; at a recent running of the Open a total of 26 teams from throughout Europe and Malaysia participated. Amazing!

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Maximilian Calabro spiking designed for Switzerland

These days Switzerland has three domestic clubs: Sepaktakraw Basel with 20 gamers including men and women, the Takraw Scorpions from Binnigen with 8 gamers, and the Takraw Tigers from St . Gallen with 4 players. These clubs have a strong focus on supporting friendly competition, and part of which is encouraging young players to join upward and learn to play sepaktakraw. Reto lets us know “We tried to find young gamers for a long time, but it was not easy since sepaktakraw is not easy to play! In 2010 we had the opportunity to present sepaktakraw ahead of the Mayor’s house in Basel. There, a group of seven young boys got in first contact with sepaktakraw, and some weeks later they all came designed for training. It was our luck that all of them were good friends and they motivated themselves to play a lot. ” Ever since then the young Swiss boys are already steadily improving, and in fact won a bronze honor at the recent Chicken’s Cup tournament in Germany! (Read about their own performance here! )

The Swiss national team has been going strong since their debut in 2003, with regular appearances at the King’s Mug and Euro League competitions, as well as the 2011 ISTAF World Cup exactly where they finished a credible twenty first against the world’s best. And just this past year the Swiss women’s team produced their King’s Cup debut and got their first taste of high level sepaktakraw competition. Switzerland has had some good results in recent years, but Reto is in it for the long haul and is continually looking towards the future “Though the sepaktakraw movement in Switzerland is still at the beginning, important steps have been made through the past years. The Swiss Sepaktakraw Association will do it’s best to market sepaktakraw in the future. ”

So what does the future hold designed for Swiss sepaktakraw?

Reto, along with coach of the national group, Werner Rieflin, have a big season planned for 2015 including presenting a sepaktakraw in schools program, taking the youngsters to compete in Asia, and a top-15 finish in the 2015 ISTAF World Cup. Sounds like we’ll be seeing a lot of Team Switzerland in the future!

By Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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For the fourth instalment of our Sepaktakraw around the world series we head back over to Europe and speak with Reto Loeliger and Werner Rieflin about sepaktakraw in Switzerland . Werner doubles as a player and Head Coach for the Swiss national team; while Reto is responsible for presenting the sport to Switzlerand in 1995, is the current president of the Swiss Sepaktakraw Association, and is also a veteran participant with twenty years of experience under his belt.

As is so often the case for western gamers of sepaktakraw, it all started designed for Reto with a holiday to Asia where, together with friend and other footbag player Stefan Ursenbacher, Reto discovered and subsequently fell deeply in love with sepaktakraw. After becoming well and truly “infected with the sepaktakraw virus”, as Reto puts it, the duo bought some balls and returned to Switzerland where they continued to play socially in their free time. Their player base began to steadily increase as more and more of their friends became fascinated by the sport, till in the year 2000 the Swiss Sepaktakraw Association was founded. (Follow them on Fb here! )

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Team Switzerland (black shirts) in the 2000 King’s Cup with groups USA, Brazil and Canada.

In that very same season the Swiss national team produced their first appearance in competitors at the 2000 King’s Cup, exactly where they lost to Sri Lanka, North america and Brazil. It wasn’t one of the most auspicious of starts, but it was your start of something great; as it inspired Switzerland to plan the first ever sepaktakraw competitors in Europe ! Just a few years after their international debut in the King’s Cup, Switzerland hosted the 1st Swiss Open in Basel in 2003, with participating teams travelling from Germany, Austria, France, not to mention Switzerland, just to be a part of the historical occasion. Since those early days, the Swiss Open has become an important function in European competition as evidenced by the fantastic turnout of groups; at a recent running of the Open a total of 26 teams from all over Europe and Malaysia took part. Impressive!

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Maximilian Calabro spiking for Switzerland

These days Switzerland has three domestic clubs: Sepaktakraw Basel with twenty players including men and women, the Takraw Scorpions from Binnigen with 6 players, and the Takraw Tigers from St . Gallen with 4 gamers. These clubs have a strong concentrate on supporting friendly competition, and part of that is encouraging young players to participate up and learn to play sepaktakraw. Reto tells us “We tried to find young players for a long time, but it was not easy because sepaktakraw is not easy to enjoy! In 2010 we had the opportunity to present sepaktakraw in front of the Mayor’s house in Basel. There, a group of seven young young boys got in first contact with sepaktakraw, and a few weeks later they all came for training. It was our luck that all of them were good friends and so they motivated themselves to play a lot. ” Since then the young Swiss young boys have been steadily improving, and in truth won a bronze medal at the current Chicken’s Cup tournament in Germany! (Read about their performance here! )

The Swiss national team has been going strong since their debut in the year 2003, with regular appearances at the King’s Cup and Euro League contests, plus the 2011 ISTAF World Mug where they finished a credible 21st against the world’s best. And last year the Swiss women’s group made their King’s Cup first and got their first taste of high level sepaktakraw competition. Switzerland has had some good results in recent years, but Reto is in it for the long haul and it is always looking towards the future “Though the sepaktakraw movement in Switzerland continues to be at the beginning, important steps have been produced through the past years. The Swiss Sepaktakraw Association will do it’s better to promote sepaktakraw in the future. ”

So what does the future keep for Swiss sepaktakraw?

Reto, along with coach of the national team, Werner Rieflin, have a huge year planned for 2015 including introducing a sepaktakraw in schools program, taking the youngsters to contend in Asia, and a top-15 complete at the 2015 ISTAF World Mug. Sounds like we’ll be seeing plenty of Team Switzerland in the future!

By Alex Newman of Takrawesome

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