Muhd Basyiruddin Hj Kamis was crowned the winner of the Brunei Darussalam Teqball Association’s inaugural tournament beating out 16 other participants in a four-day series of mini singles Teqball matches held at The Mall, Gadong last week.
Taking second place was Md Syarif Ridzman Md Shahrulizam with Abd Rashid Mohd Julaihi coming in third.
Former minister Dato Seri Setia Hj Mustappa Hj Sirat was on hand as the guest of honour as well as to present trophies to the winner.
In a statement, President of the Brunei Darussalam Teqball Association, Mohd Shukri Hj Damit expressed his excitement for the opportunity of bringing the newly emerging sport to the sultanate.
Teqball Brunei is currently the governing body that has been officiated by the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) to promote the sport in Brunei Darussalam.
“Teqball is a fairly new sport that’s steadily gaining interest and this mini-tournament was a great opportunity to showcase it to the Bruneian public,” he said.
Teqball is a contactless sport that was founded in 2012 and combines elements of football and table tennis.
In a game of best-to-three sets, Teqball can be played between two (singles) or four (doubles) players on a curved table called the Teq Table, a synonymous element of the fledgling sport that was conceived to help the ball bounce to the foot.
Brunei Darussalam Teqball Association was established in 2020 to address the increasing appetite for the new sport in the local scene.
One of the main goals of the Brunei Darussalam Teqball Association is to discover and develop local Teqball athletes, officers and coaches with hopes of identifying and nurturing athletes that will eventually represent Brunei Darussalam in any international Teqball championships.
“At this point, every Teqball player in the world is still in the midst of developing their skills, so we start now, there is potential for a Bruneian team to win in international tournaments because everyone else is still building up,” said Shukri in a previous interview.
Current Brunei Teqball team registrations are open and the first 30 teams to register will receive one complimentary TeqLite table and a membership fee waiver for the first year.
Interested parties can contact Brunei Darussalam Teqball Association Membership Committee at +673 814 1419, visit the Teqball Brunei website at www.teqballbrunei.com or their Instagram page @teqball.bn for more information.
The Teqball tournament was held in conjunction with the Health, Fitness and Safety Expo at The Mall, Gadong, with the tournament preliminaries being held from 23 to 25 June 2021 and the finals on 27 June 2021.
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