Takraw Game, Bangkok 27 Jun 2017
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Men jump and lunge, trying to keep a ball from touching the ground in the Thai sport takraw meaning woven ball. The Asian version of kick volley takes on different names in different countries but the rules remain the same: you can only touch the ball with your feet, knees, chest and head and you must keep the ball in the air at all times.
There are two types of game, regu and doubles regu, this determines the number of players. Regu has three per team and doubles regu has two per team; there are always two sides. The sport is played on a badminton-size court with a high net at the half way point. Three sets are played per game, best of the three wins, with each set being played to 21 points.
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This article was originally published on 26 October, 2015