Call for Takraw to go full-time

Singapore's A'fif Safiee (far left) and Khairilshamy Shamsudin find their way blocked by Indonesia in the sepak takraw men's quadrant semi-final yesterday. Singapore lost 21-8, 21-12 but earned a joint-bronze medal.
Singapore's A'fif Safiee (far left) and Khairilshamy Shamsudin find their way blocked by Indonesia in the sepak takraw men's quadrant semi-final yesterday. Singapore lost 21-8, 21-12 but earned a joint-bronze medal.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Singapore win two bronzes but still lag far behind world's best, their Asean neighbours

He had come to watch Singapore face Indonesia in the Asian Games sepak takraw quadrant semi-finals at Jakabaring's Ranau Hall yesterday but this particular spectator just could not keep his eyes open as Singapore surrendered 21-8, 21-12.

Farhan Amran and Co could hardly keep pace with the hosts' quality of play, and indeed, even Indonesian fans who shook Ranau's foundations just moments earlier in the Indonesia-Vietnam women's semi-finals, walked out midway through the men's contest.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2018, with the headline 'Call for Takraw to go full-time'. Print Edition | Subscribe