<em>Sepak Takraw</em>, a Sport of Airborne Athleticism (18 photos)

This post is by Pierre-Louis Ferrer from The Atlantic Photo

This year’s Southeast Asian Games are coming to a close today in Cambodia. One of the sports featured in the games is sepak takraw, also called chinlone or “kick volleyball.” It’s a team sport where players volley a small woven ball over a five-foot-high (1.52-meter-high) net using any body part except for their arms and hands. Players leap high into the air, launching themselves sideways or flipping upside down to kick, pass, or block the ball, their body repeatedly flying up and crashing back to the court. Gathered below are recent images of people playing sepak takraw in both stadiums and outdoor courts.

Two athletes leap high in the air to kick a small ball over a net.
Malaysia’s Muhammad Hafizul Adnan (right) vies for the ball with Cambodia’s Phom Kongkia during their men’s sepak takraw team regu match at the 32nd Southeast Asian Games in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 12, 2023.

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