Marc Bola charged by the FA for tweet he wrote at the age of 14

After the Southeast Asian Games, Indonesia’s national sepak takraw team face an even bigger challenge at the Asian Games in 2018.

Abdul Halim believes such a dominance is bad for the sport and his work on restrictive measures has ensured other nations could enjoy success to maintain an interest in the pursuit.

An explosive sport in which players acrobatically contort their bodies to launch a rattan ball over a net using their feet, head or chest with the sort of skill that would make Lionel Messi proud.

‘We call it ‘Kian’s wing’ of our house. We don’t know how long he will have to be connected to the equipment.

Time will tell how he develops in the future.’

“Our Super Series in watched by millions of viewers across the world and we want to build on that,” the Singaporean told Reuters on the fringes of the SEA Games on Thursday.

Southeast Asian Games organisers have given their strong backing to keeping home-grown sports like sepak takraw — as well as the policy of tailoring the programme to suit the host country.

Indonesia’s national sepak takraw team are “embedding” with an elite police unit on Sumatra island in the hope that military-style training will help them improve.

London-born Bola progressed through Arsenal’s academy and had loan spells at Notts County and Bristol Rovers before completing a permanent move to Blackpool in the summer of 2018.

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