The national sepak takraw team for the regu event in the Premier Division in a group photo yesterday. Picture: Courtesy of Md Isa Hj Marsidi
THE national sepak takraw team are off to a rough start at the 31st King’s Cup Sepak Takraw World Championship 2016 in Thailand after falling in the group stage of the regu event in the Premier Division on Tuesday. The result meant that they failed to replicate the joint-bronze medal that they achieved in the same event last year. The team of Md Selamat Yakup, Zatie Hidayat Saidi, Md Asri Abdul Harith, Md Alifuddin Jamaludin and Md Alauden Md Ali started out with a 2-0 (8-21, 12-21) loss at the hands of South Korea at the Fashion Island Mall in Bangkok. They needed a victory against the Philippines in the second match to progress into the quarter-finals but were edged 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 13-21) to see them dumped out of the event.
Represented by Ismail Ang, Abdul Hadi Ariffin Matali and Zatie Hidayat, the sultanate will also compete in the doubles event where they are grouped with Laos, Myanmar and Japan. The team event will then follow and they are placed in the same group as Indonesia and Singapore.
Brunei returned with two bronze medals from the previous edition in May last year. Besides the regu event in the Premier Division, they also notched bronze in the same event of Division 1.
The sultanate started off with a 2-0 loss to champions Thailand in the Premier Division before bouncing back for a 2-0 victory over China to move into the last-four.
They fell 2-0 to South Korea in the semi-finals to claim the joint-bronze medal. Over in Division 1, Brunei beat Iran 2-0 to move into the semi-finals before dropping 2-0 to the Philippines.