Sepak Takraw

You’ve seen football, soccer, but probably not sepak takraw, a sport native to Southeast Asia. Unlike volleyball, it uses a rattan ball and only allows players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. Many variations of the game evolved from an ancient Chinese military exercise, where soldiers would try to keep a feathered shuttlecock airborne by kicking it back and forth between two people. As the sport developed, the animal hide and chicken feathers were eventually replaced by balls made of woven strips of rattan. Continue reading for more.

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