Besides the excitement of playing in front of the home fans, the first leg of ISTAF Super Series event bears greater significance for Indian Sepaktakraw athletes who seek to attract spectators’ interest as well as attention of the authorities to help them get jobs.
“Employment remains a concern for our players. Very few players get jobs. The only way to create awareness about the sport in India is by hosting major events. Hosting event is a major step,” said Jotin Singh, a former player and coach of the women’s team.
Though Manipur and other north eastern states give incentives to players by providing them jobs, the sport is yet to gain prominence in others states of India.