Istaf to limit number of entries in SEA and Asian Games
BANGKOK: The number of sepaktakraw events that a country can enter in future SEA Games and Asian Games will be limited in a move to end monopoly and provide equal chances of winning to all, the International Sepak Takraw Federation (Istaf) said yesterday.
Istaf secretary-general Abdul Halim Kader said the move was in line with similar restrictions in other sports like taekwondo and weightlifting, which allowed more countries to win medals instead of domination by the stronger teams.
He said the proposal was adopted at the Istaf executive committee meeting on Dec 13 during the just-concluded SEA Games in Korat and was fully supported by powerhouse Thailand who swept all the eight golds at stake in the Games.
“We have formed a special committee to work out the details. Maybe, teams will be allowed to take part in 70 per cent of the events,” he told reporters here.
Abdul Halim said the idea was mooted during the Asian Games in Doha last year, and that it would be implemented at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos and the 2010 Asian Games in China (Ghuangzhao). – Bernama