Are the guardians of sepak takraw killing the sport?
ASTAF, PSM and STL The year ends with these three abbreviations. Who are they? The Asian Sepak Takraw Federation (ASTAF) is the body that governs the sport in the region. The Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) is the national body of the sport. The Sepak Takraw League (STL) is as its name suggests and is organised in Malaysia. So what's the issue? In short: a broken marriage and it's killing the kids. How so? "Malaysia are not an affiliate of the Asian Sepak Takraw Federation (Astaf) after STAM were expelled from the Asian body earlier this year following a fallout with their former president Datuk Seri Ahmad Ismail." Read why new leaders are needed fast to revive PSM (or as NST calls it STAM). Now ASTAF issued a directive warning foreign players not to play in the STL . They also barred Malaysian referees from getting involved in STL. But why? STL is viewed as a PSM event - although it is more of an Astro production (or that's how I view it). As suc