Malaysia’s gold drought in sepaktakraw continues

In vain: Malaysia’s Mohd Azlan Alias (left) trying to block Thailand’s Jirasak Pakbuangeon’s shot in the men’s team regu sepaktakraw competition at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium yesterday.

MALAYSIA’S hopes of ending their 26-year gold drought in the men’s team regu sepaktakraw competition ended with a tame 3-0 loss to Thailand at the Titiwangsa Indoor Stadium.

Despite the strong support from the home crowd, Malaysia failed to turn on the style as all three regus lost in straight sets.

Malaysia settled for the bronze while Thailand claimed the gold after topping the four-nation round-robin competition.

The Malaysians needed to beat the Thais 3-0 yesterday to have any hopes of snatching the gold after losing 2-1 to Indonesia on Friday.

Malaysia had defeated Brunei 3-0 earlier on Friday.

The last time Malaysia took regu gold was at the 1991 Manila Games.

The result is especially disappointing considering the substantial amount of funding pumped into the sport via the Podium and Kita Juara programmes.

Malaysia finished second behind Thailand at the Singapore Games two years ago.

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