FITEQ granted GAISF Observer Status
The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) has been officially granted Observer Status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) Council, which convened in Lausanne for a Council meeting on 10 January.
The GAISF Observer Status grants International Federations access to the GAISF General Assembly and the opportunity to take advantage of the GAISF network. The GAISF Observer Status has been designed as the first step in the path towards fulfilment of all criteria required for GAISF Membership. This decision reflects the growth and professionalisation of the sport of teqball around the world, with 45 national federations already established across all five continents.
GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli, said:
“I am delighted that the GAISF Council granted Observer Status to FITEQ and the innovative and dynamic sport of teqball. With Observer Status, teqball, which featured as part of the cultural programme for the recent GAISF World Urban Games in Budapest, will continue to develop for the benefit of all its stakeholders. I look forward to watching teqball grow and have no doubt that GAISF can help FITEQ develop its sport globally.”
FITEQ General Secretary Marius Vizer Jr said:
“We are delighted to achieve the GAISF Observer Status. We are still a young sport and are very grateful to the GAISF family for their guidance and for accepting our ideas. On behalf of FITEQ, I would like to thank everyone involved in this journey so far, in particular the national federations who have been instrumental in the global growth of teqball. We are determined to use the momentum of this landmark to make 2020 another record-breaking year and continue to introduce teqball to people around the world.”
Teqball became the world’s fastest recognised sport in August 2018 when FITEQ was officially recognised by the Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA) and in June 2019 it was officially recognised by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA). Moreover, teqball will make its Games debut as a medal sport at the Asian Beach Games to be held in Sanya (China) from 28 November - 5 December 2020.
The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) was founded in 1967. GAISF’s vision is to be the united voice of sports, protecting and promoting the interests of International Federations. Its mission is to serve, represent, promote and protect the common interests of our Members and to help them achieve their global objectives.
Teqball is an innovative, gender equitable sport unlike any other. The sport is played in singles or doubles format by returning a ball over a specially designed ‘curved’ table. Teqball is unique in that it teaches players to react quickly to the ball’s movement and ensures skills are at the core of the game as no physical contact between the players or the table is permitted.
Established in April 2017, FITEQ is the governing body presiding over all matters relating to the sport of teqball. With its offices based in Lausanne (SUI) and Budapest (HUN), teqball has enjoyed strong growth over the last few years as a result of increasing athlete participation, a growing fanbase and the development of strategic partnerships.
FITEQ’s primary mission is to introduce and develop the sport globally, establish national federations and unite the international Teqball community.
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