06/06/2024 06:04 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 (Bernama) -- After the feat of winning two gold medals at the recent 2024 Sepak Takraw World Cup, the Sepaktakraw Association of Malaysia (PSM) are optimistic that it is not impossible to defy the host squad at the upcoming 2024 Thai King’s Cup in Bangkok.

PSM president Datuk Mohd Sumali Reduan said based on the performance at the 2024 World Cup which took place at Titiwangsa Stadium here from May 18-26 and the Cambodia SEA Games last year, the chances for the national squad to overcome world giants Thailand is 50-50.

“Based on the results (I am confident) but I cannot be over-confident because this is a major tournament, not to mention playing on the opponent’s home court in front of their own fans, anything can happen. It is certain that we want to maintain our winning consistency even though it will not be easy.

“Supporters want to see how successful we are in a foreign country as well, and this is a big challenge for me, head coach Ahmad Jais Baharun and the players," he said during the Federal Land Development Authority’s (Felda) appreciation ceremony for the new generation of players who were involved in the World Cup last month.

However, Mohd Sumali said the target for the 2024Thai King’s Cup, which is expected to be held in September, has not been set yet because he has not yet received confirmation about the events to be contested in this year’s edition.

“For sure there is a team regu event, (but) I’m not sure about other events such as doubles and quadrants (four players per team), there might be a mixed event (one male, two female or four players). I understand that the events to be contested will be finalised in the coming week," he said.

At the World Cup this time, Malaysia created history by ending Thailand's dominance after recording victories in the finals of the regu and doubles events respectively with a result of 2-0, but the 33-year wait to emerge as champion of the team event continued to be elusive when they lost to Thailand 1-2 in the final.

Earlier, Felda chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek expressed his appreciation to a Felda settler's, son Ahmad Jais and two players - Muhammad Fetri Mohd Azwadi and Baihakki A'rippin - for their success in making the country famous in the recent World Cup.

“I am grateful because it is unprecedented. I hope it can increase the interest of more Felda youth, who are indeed synonymous with the sport of sepak takraw, to venture into this (heritage) sport and perform at the international level,” said Mohd Sumali.






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