Teqball

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Teqball
Maklári sportcentum.jpg
Teqball tables alongside table tennis tables in Maklár, Hungary
Highest governing bodyFITEQ
First played2014
Characteristics
ContactNo
Team membersSingles/doubles
TypeInside/outside
EquipmentSoccer ball, teqball table
Presence
Olympicno

Teqball is a ball sport that resembles table tennis, but is played on a curved table with a ball similar to a football, and the players can hit the ball with any part of the body except the hands. Teqball can be played between two players as a singles game, or between three or four players as a doubles game. The game is represented at an international level by the Fédération Internationale de Teqball (FITEQ). A number of world-class footballers have been attracted by the game, and after being included at the African Beach Games, the sport is now aiming for Olympic inclusion.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

Teqball was invented in 2014 in Hungary by two football enthusiasts, Gábor Borsányi, a former professional player and Viktor Huszár, a computer scientist.[4][5]

Competitions[edit]

Teqball World Cup[edit]

The Teqball World Cup is an annual competition organised by FITEQ.

The World Cup has both Singles and Doubles competitions with men and women participating together. The first Teqball World Cup was held in Budapest, Hungary in 2017 with more than 20 participating nations. The 2018 version of the event was held on October 12-13 in Reims, France with a total of 90 players participating[6].

The 2019 Teqball World Championships played from 6 to 8 December in Budapest.[7] Around 158 athletes representing 57 countries competed across singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.[8]

African Beach Games[edit]

Teqball was included in the first African Beach Games in Sal, Cape Verde on 14-23 July 2019.[9] Cameroon won the title by beating Nigeria in the final.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aloia, Andrew (9 October 2018). "Fiteq World Cup: England call up football freestyler who did not know teqball existed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  2. ^ "WATCH: Neymar and fellow Brazil stars play Teqball". Sky Sports. 8 October 2017. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Teqball". Teqball. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  4. ^ Stuhl, Angelise Stuhl (25 May 2015). "Teqball Is A New Tabletop Sport That Allows Soccer Players To Perfect Their Skills". SportTechie. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Teqball: The Hungarian, Football-Ping Pong Hybrid Sweeping the World Cup". Hungary Today. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Fédération Internationale de Teqball - Teqball World Cup 2018 - Events". fiteq.tournamentsoftware.com. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  7. ^ https://www.fiteq.org/events/4
  8. ^ https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1087865/ronaldinho-world-teqball-championships
  9. ^ "Teqball joins 2019 SAL African Beach Games". Teqball.com. Retrieved 2019-08-27.
  10. ^ "Cameroon win first ever African Beach Teqball Cup title". macesport.com. Retrieved 2019-08-27.

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