Significant Milestones in Sepak Takraw
1945 Sepakraga Jaring (Sepak Raga Net) exhibition is held in Penang, Malaysia. Modern Sepak Takraw is born.
1960 Rules & Regulations are standardized and the official name of the sport becomes Sepak Takraw.
1965 Sepak Takraw becomes a medal event in the Southeast Asian Peninsula (SEAP) Games.
1982 Sepak Takraw is a Demonstration Sport in the 8th Asian Games in New Delhi, India.
1984 The 1st King's Cup Sepak Takraw Championship is held in Bangkok, Thailand.
1988 ASTAF forms ISTAF as the world governing body for Sepak Takraw.
1990 Sepak Takraw becomes a medal event in the 10th Asian Games in Beijing, China.
1997 ISTAF gains admission to GAISF, the General Association of International Sports Federations.
1998 Bogotá Columbia hosts EXPO SPORT, in which Sepak Takraw is featured with North American teams.
1998 Sepak Takraw is a demonstration event at the XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
1998 The Circle Game is included as a medal event in the 13th Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand.
1998 Canada becomes the first western country to embrace Sepak Takraw as an official sport under its National Olympic Committee – begins developing instructional videos & printed materials for world-wide promotions.
1999 Canada hosts the first annual Canadian Open Sepak Takraw Championships.
2000 The International Olympic Committee (IOC) watches demonstration matches during a visit to Thailand.
2001 The 1st professional Sepak Takraw League is established and gets under way in Thailand.
2003 European Associations and Clubs form the Federation of European Sepak Takraw Associations (FESTA).
2004 “Circle” is replaced by “Doubles” and “Hoop” Sepak Takraw as medal events in the King’s Cup in Thailand.
2005 Sepak Takraw is demonstrated at the Canadian Olympic Committee AGM and at the Canada Summer Games.
2007 Gajah Emas sponsors a huge Indonesia “Beach” Sepak Takraw tournament, with 1000 players on 150 courts.
2007 The Sepak Takraw Association of Canada partners with the Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association and the Malaysian Ministry of Sports to bring 2 Malaysian Regus to Canada for a 2-week cross-country demonstration tour.
2008 Malaysian Airlines partners with Gajah Emas to bring their Regus & Equipment to participate in major tournaments in Canada and Europe, creating more excitement for Sepak Takraw in the newer playing western countries.
2009 Canada competes in the French Open International Sepak Takraw Tournament and make it to the quarter-final, where they lost out to Germany.
2011 Two Regus from the China Sepak Takraw Federation participate in the 2011 Canadian Open Sepak Takraw Championships held in Regina, SK, where the event took place under a 150 ft. long X 80 ft. wide tent on the beautifully groomed grass of Wascana Park.
2011 ISTAF Super Series kicks off across Southeast Asia, offering a series of annual tournaments for the sport’s elite to compete in.