Sepak takraw or kick volleyball, is a sport native to the Malay-Thai Peninsula. Sepak takraw differs from the similar sport of volleyball in its use of a rattan ball and only allowing players to use their feet, knee, chest and head to touch the ball. It's a popular sport in whole South-East Asia and in north-east region of India. Earliest historical evidence from "The Sejarah Melayu" (Malay Annals) shows that the game was played in the 15th century's Malacca Sultanate. By the 1940s, the net version of the game had spread throughout Southeast Asia, and formal rules were introduced. This sport became officially known as 'sepak takraw'. "Sepak" is the Malay word for kick and "takraw" is the Thai word for a woven ball, therefore sepak takraw quite literally means to kick ball. In the 1990 Asian Games, Sepak takraw was played for first time and since then it's a regular competitive sport in each Asian Games.
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National Stadium was used as the venue for all the events of Games. The official logo of the First Asiad depicted—a bright sun in red with 16 rays and a white circle in the middle of the disc of the sun and eleven rings—representing each participating nation, on a white background, symbolising peace. Japanese athletes won the most golds and overall medals, with 24 and 60 respectively, while the host nation India had the 15 golds and 51 overall medals with most bronzes (20) and finished at second spot in a medal table. However, the 1954 Asian Games were already planned for Manila, the Asian Games did not return to India until the 1982 Asian Games, some 31 years later.