For the very first time, Malaysia’s Sepak Takraw League (STL) will be available to sepak takraw fans in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Hong Kong.
Fans in the region could look forward to live high-flying sports action of the Emas Anuar STL 2021/22 season from 7 January to 26 March 2022 on ELEVEN's global OTT platform ELEVENSPORTS.com, made possible by Astro's partnership with the international broadcaster for a 4-year exclusive broadcast rights deal to STL.
Nicholas John, Head of Sports at Astro, said: "STL is one of the first sports IPs that is born and bred in Malaysia to be recognised by an international broadcaster and for it to be shown alongside sports properties carried by ELEVENSPORTS.com such as the 2022 AFC Cup.
"We along with the Malaysian Sepak Takraw Association (PSM) and our sponsors are committed to drive this local sport and hope to inspire new sepak takraw fans in the region.
"As live STL action graces the global stage, the upcoming season will feature live English commentary while we welcome the return of international players who can offer a unique flare to the gameplay.
"Additionally, fans in Thailand will be treated with Thai match commentary and watch Thai players participating at STL. At the same time, our Malaysian sepak takraw athletes will also benefit from the international exposure on the global arena."
Nick Wilkinson, APAC Managing Director at ELEVEN, added: "We are delighted to supplement our offering in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong with the Sepak Takraw League.
"Our mission is to deliver a dynamic sports service to fans with an offering of really local and locally relevant live sport. Sepak takraw is a key part of that plan, and we are excited to be bringing it to fans from the start of 2022."
Apart from the countries that ELEVENSPORTS.com is broadcasting to, the upcoming season would also be shown live in America through an earlier partnership with All Sports Television Network (All Sports).
Fans in Malaysia can watch all the live action of STL on Astro Arena (CH801) and stream on the Astro GO app beginning this Friday, January 7.