FITEQ signs landmark agreement with ITA for doping control
10 October: The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) and the International Testing Agency (ITA) have today signed a two-year anti-doping service agreement that will see the independent agency support FITEQ in the promotion of clean sport globally.
This follows the meeting held in Lausanne on 2 October between FITEQ Head of International Relations Marius Vizer Jr and ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen. During the meeting, FITEQ outlined its plan and commitment to clean sport, and to best-practice in all areas.
Since its establishment in 2017, FITEQ has worked hard to ensure a level playing field for all competitors, by stipulating in the FITEQ Official Rules and Regulations that all players participating in international competitions (including junior competitions) are subject to in-competition testing. The partnership with the ITA is a significant step in advancing FITEQ’s anti-doping provisions and helping it achieve its goal of promoting the highest standards of professionalism in all areas.
The ITA offers anti-doping services, independent from sporting or political powers to International Federations (IFs), Major Event Organisers (MEOs), and all other anti-doping organisations requesting support. The agreement with the ITA will enable the delivery of effective doping control programmes in all of FITEQ’s international competitions.
FITEQ Head of International Relations Marius Vizer Jr said:
“FITEQ has expanded rapidly since being established in 2017. Each month, the sport is welcoming new National Federations, new fans, and most importantly new players. As the sport continues to grow globally, we will host an increasing number of high-profile international competitions. Therefore, partnering with the ITA is a crucial step in ensuring FITEQ remains a champion for clean sport all over the world. We firmly believe the ITA will ensure the best possible delivery of our anti-doping programmes, and we are looking forward to the journey ahead.”
ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen, said:
“The ITA is honoured to team up with FITEQ for the provision of anti-doping services for the next two years. Teqball is one of the fastest growing sports globally and it is great to see the promotion of clean sport at the heart of FITEQ’s vision for the sport. We are looking forward to providing independent expertise to ensure that robust anti-doping programmes are in place at all of FITEQ’s international competitions.”
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Teqball is a new football-based sport, designed in Hungary, that is ideal for professional footballers and amateur players alike to develop their technical skills, concentration and stamina. Teqball is the brainchild of former professional footballer Gábor Borsányi. His idea was brought to life by fellow co-founders Viktor Huszár, a computer scientist who designed the iconic curved table the game is played on – and György Gattyán, founder and owner of Docler Holding, Teqball’s business strategist. After its inception five years ago, Teqball is already being played by 3,000-4,000 people in 66 different countries. Teqball tables are available to buy for competitive, training, home or leisure use.
As well as being a fun game and football training aid, practised by some of the biggest players and teams in world football, Teqball is a sport in its own right, governed by the Fédération Internationale de Teqball (FITEQ), which was founded in 2017. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, FITEQ’s primary mission is to introduce and develop the sport globally, establish national federations and unite the international Teqball community. FITEQ organised the sport’s first World Cup in Hungary in 2017 and staged the second edition in Reims, France, in October 2018. Co-founders, Gábor Borsányi, György Gattyán and Viktor Huszár, serve as the FITEQ president and vice-presidents respectively. Teqball became the world’s fastest recognised sport in August 2018 when FITEQ was officially recognised by the Olympic Committee of Asia and in 2019 it was officially recognised by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). FITEQ’s long-term goal is to see Teqball develop into an Olympic sport.
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