In the world of sports, innovation is a constant process. New sports are continually being created, often by combining elements from existing ones. One such innovative sport that has gained popularity in recent years is Teqball, a unique blend of table tennis and football.
What is Teqball?
Teqball is a fast-paced ball sport that combines the skills of football with the rules and format of table tennis. It was invented in Hungary in 2012 by former professional footballer Gábor Borsányi, businessman György Gattyán, and computer scientist Viktor Huszár. The sport has since gained international recognition and popularity, with the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) serving as its governing body.
How is Teqball Played?
Teqball is played on a curved table known as a Teq table, with a football. The game can be played between two players (singles) or between four players (doubles), much like table tennis. The objective is to volley the ball back and forth using any body part except the arms and hands, similar to football.
The ball must be returned to the opponent’s side after a maximum of three touches on one side and must bounce once on the table before being returned. The game is won by the player or team that first reaches 12 points, with at least a two-point lead.
Skills and Benefits
Teqball is a sport that requires a high level of skill, agility, and precision. It helps players improve their ball-handling skills, concentration, stamina, and flexibility. The sport is also beneficial for football players as it enhances their technical skills, creativity, and decision-making ability under pressure.
Recognition and Growth
Teqball has been officially recognized by the Olympic Council of Asia and the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa. It was included in the official program of the 2021 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The sport has also seen rapid growth, with national federations established in over 100 countries worldwide.
Teqball, the exciting fusion of table tennis and football, is a testament to the innovative spirit in sports. Its unique blend of skills and rules from two popular sports has made it a hit among sports enthusiasts worldwide. As it continues to grow and gain recognition, Teqball is a sport to watch out for in the coming years.