• Short Summary

    IN MANY PARTS OF WEST MALAYSIA, IT IS NOT FOOTBALL, CRICKET OR TENNIS WHICH OBSESSES THE SPORTING FANS.

  • Description

    1.
    SV COMPETITORS PREPARING TOP FOR CONTEST (2 SHOTS)
    0.13

    2.
    SV & CU FLAGS OF COMPETITOR TEAMS (2 SHOTS)
    0.17

    3.
    CU TOPS (2 SHOTS)
    0.22

    4.
    SCU ONLOOKERS
    0.24

    5.
    SV ROPE WOUND ON TOPS (2 SHOTS)
    0.34

    6.
    SV & CU TOPS SPINNING CONTEST STARTS, COMPETITORS SPINNING TOPS (6 SHOTS)
    1.07

    7.
    SCU OLD MAN LOOKS ON
    1.08

    8.
    SV TOPS SPINNING ON STANDS (4 SHOTS)
    1.21

    9.
    SV ONLOOKERS
    1.23

    10.
    SV TOPS BEGIN TO WOBBLE AND FALL OF STANDS
    1.28

    11.
    SV WINNING SIDE TOPS STILL SPINNING -- CROWD APPLAUD
    1.31



    Initials SAW-JT/VS/PN/ES


    SPORT: TOP-SPINNING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: IN MANY PARTS OF WEST MALAYSIA, IT IS NOT FOOTBALL, CRICKET OR TENNIS WHICH OBSESSES THE SPORTING FANS. THEY HAVE A FANATICAL INTEREST IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S LESSER KNOWN BUT OLDEST SPORTS: TOP-SPINNING.

    VILLAGES ALONG THE EAST COAST CHALLENGE EACH OTHER IN THE ART OF WHO CAN SPIN TOPS THE LONGER. THEY ARE NO FRIENDLY, PICNIC-TYPE CONTESTS, BUT ARE HELD IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF ALL THE FERVOUR AND TENSION THAT SURROUNDS MUCH BIGGER SPORTS.

    ONE OF THESE CONTESTS IS A MATCH BETWEEN THE VILLAGES OF GALL AND JERTEH ON THE NORST-EAST COAST NOT FAR FROM THE THAI BORDER. A NEUTRAL SPOT NEAR THE VILLAGE OF GALL WAS PICKED FOR THE CONTEST.

    EACH SIDE IS LED BY A MAGICIAN AND THE VILLAGERS HAVE THE UTMOST FAITH IN HIS ABILITY TO WEAVE AN ENDURANCE SPELL OVER THE TOPS, WHICH ARE TWELVE INCHES IN DIAMETER AND WEIGHT 20 POUNDS (8 KGS).

    BEFORE EACH GAME, THE VILLAGERS PRAY FOR VICTORY WHILE THE TOPS ARE OILED AND GIVEN A FINAL POLISH. THE EXCITEMENT MOUNTS AS FOUR TOPS FROM EACH SIDE ARE COILED AROUND ELEPHANT ROPE. SLY BETS ARE TAKEN, ALTHOUGH THE VILLAGERS' MOSLEM FAITH FROWNS ON GAMBLING.

    THE TOPS ARE THEN UNLEASHED LIKE A YO-YO, SCOOPED UP WITH A PIECE OF TIMBER, TRANSFERRED TO A BAMBOO BASE PLANTED IN THE GROUND AND LEFT TO SPIN. A 30-MINUTE SPIN IS AVERAGE, BUT GIVEN GOOD CONDITIONS AND A WILY MAGICIAN AND THE TOPS CAN LAST OUT A GIDDY FOUR HOURS.

    AS THE TOPS SPIN, THE MAGICIANS MUTTER WORDS OF EXHORTATION IN AN EFFORT TO LENGTHEN THE DURATION. BUT AS IN ALMOST EVERY SPORT ONE SIDE HAS TO LOSE. IT IS THE MAGICIAN WHO GETS THE BLAME AND NOT EVEN HIS MYSTICAL POWERS CAN WIPE OUT THE CONTEMPT AND ABUSE HEAPED ON HIM BY HIS IRATE FOLLOWERS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAQX6R7XBBZH45ICSNCQ3QPI5L
    Media URN:
    VLVAQX6R7XBBZH45ICSNCQ3QPI5L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/05/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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