Thailand expects to dominate in sepak takraw at Asiad
Thailand’s sepak takraw coach Kamon Tankimhong has expressed confidence over maintaining dominance in the sport at the 2018 Asian Games.
Thailand has won 22 of 33 sepak takraw gold medals throughout the history of the Asian Games. It was the top performer in the last five editions of the event.
"We are confident that we can win gold in the three-member team competition. We must also be able to win gold for the two-member team competition, which will be held for the first time at the Asian Games," Tankimhong said on Friday, noting that the Thailand men’s team would consist of 15 sepak takraw players.
Meanwhile for women’s sepak takraw, coach Veerat Na Nongkai said that his team of 12 female players was 100 percent ready to compete in the Asian Games.
"We have practiced all the techniques. I want other teams to also prepare themselves because we are ready to win," he said.
Payom Srihongsa, a Thai women's player, said there was a lot of pressure for them to win in the event.
“Our [sepak takraw association] leaders have told us not to lose in the competition. But I will try to channel this pressure to bring energy to myself and the team," she said.
A total of 14 teams will compete at this year’s sepak takraw event, including Pakistan for the first time. The competition will be held in Palembang from Aug. 19 to 31.
AG Media Publication in cooperation with The Jakarta Post