KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Sepak Takraw Association (PSM) are hoping to attract at least 20 countries to take part in the inaugural Agung's Cup tournament in Penang from June 24-30.
The PSM secretary, Arshad Yahya, said yesterday that they had sent out invitations to all the Asean countries and also to those affiliated with the International Sepak Takraw Federation, including Brazil, the United States, Denmark, Canada, Japan and South Korea.
He added that the tournament would have two categories – team and individual regu – and it would become an annual event.
“We are introducing this event because there is a lack of tournament at the international level, which has hampered efforts to popularise the game,” said Arshad. “The tournament will also give our players the chance to gain valuable experience. The only major tournaments that they have now are the SEA Games and Asian Games.”
On the domestic front, Arshad said that the National Grand Prix circuit would have three legs.
“Johor would host the first leg from April 14-17 and the Armed Forces have made a bid to stage the next one. An east coast state will stage the third leg,” he said.
The national junior championships will be held in Kelantan from April 28-May 2 followed by the Sukma competition in Negri Sembilan.
Arshad also said that they also intend to stage a club circuit over three legs later in the year.