• Short Summary

    One of Thailand's most popular sporting pastimes involves kicking a ball made of rattan, or strips of palm-tree leaf.

  • Description

    One of Thailand's most popular sporting pastimes involves kicking a ball made of rattan, or strips of palm-tree leaf.

    The games played with the ball are a version of basketball -- known in Thailand as "Takraw Lord Buang" -- and volleyball, or "Sapak Takrol". Thai basketball bears very little resemblance to Western-style basketball, for it is played by only one team at a time. A team of between five and seven men form a circle beneath the net, which is suspended eighteen feet (5.75 m) above the ground. Using any part of the body except the hands, they try to net the ball. Each team takes the court for a predetermined time, and the first to score fifteen times wins the game.

    Thai volleyball also uses the rattan ball, with two teams of three a side. Again head, body and feet may be used, but no hands.

    Both rattan ball games are played extensively in Thailand, especially by students and school-children. The 'basketball' originated in Thailand, but Thai volleyball, although played throughout Asia, first came from Malaysia.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAF4PAPXCZPI77E4WOFYA9ZYHQJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAF4PAPXCZPI77E4WOFYA9ZYHQJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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