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Brunei is set to establish a teqball federation this year, making it the fifth Southeast Asian country to welcome the football-based sport, according to sources.

The sport’s governing body Fédération Internationale de Teqball (FITEQ) has been keen to expand the non-contact sport in the region with Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Timor Leste already onboard.

The first four countries have also competed in the inaugural Teqball World Championship 2019 in Hungary, representing the region.

For the uninitiated, teqball is played on a specially-curved table known as the teq table and can be played as singles or doubles, depending on participation. 

Teqball was created in Hungary in 2012 and it is a truly gender-equitable game, as the opponents can be of mixed genders.

Enthusiasts are known as teqers and has also seen a new generation of athletes playing the sport to develop their technical skills, concentration and stamina. 

Teqball follows a points-based scoring format and can be played on various surfaces such as sand, acrylic or indoors. It allows players a maximum of three touches before returning the ball to the opponent.

Considered as a cousin of football, teqball benefits those who excels in football, particularly juggling, to play their best. No physical contact is allowed between the players or between the players and the table to eliminate the risk of impacting injuries.

Established in March 2017, FITEQ governs worldwide teqball development and activities for both able-bodied and its para counterpart.

With offices based in both Lausanne, Switzerland and Budapest, Hungary, teqball has enjoyed rapid growth over the last few years as a result of increasing athlete participation, a growing fanbase and the development of strategic partnerships. 

To date, 51 countries have established their respective teqball federations with more to come in developing the sport. 

Source: FITEQ website

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR

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