The recently established Brunei Teqball Association (BTA) is setting its eyes towards competing in international tournaments after expressing commitment towards fostering sports culture revolving around the Hungarian-invented sport and letting it set root in Bruneian soil.
Teqball is a contactless sport that was founded in 2012 and combines elements of football and table tennis.
It was invented by three Hungarians football enthusiasts, former professional player Gábor Borsányi, Hungarian businessman György Gattyán; and computer scientist Viktor Huszár.
In a game of best-to-three sets, Teqball can be played between two (singles) or four (doubles) players on a curved table called a Teq Table, a synonymous element of the fledgling sport that was conceived to help the ball bounce to the foot.
President of the association Mohd Shukri Hj Damit explained that BTA is the governing body that has been officiated by the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) to promote the sport in Brunei Darussalam.
Part and parcel of this is to discover and develop local Teqball athletes, officers and coaches, added Shukri, with the ultimate aim of identifying and nurturing athletes that can represent Brunei Darussalam in any international Teqball championship.
“We have events lined up from this year up to 2022 and this includes organising local Teqball tournaments and leagues,” said Shukri, adding that the tournament levels will range from amateur to professional, in order to assemble the country’s “best (Teqball) team”.
The president added that due to Teqball being a new sport – albeit one of the fastest-growing sports in the world with 97 established national federations across the globe – Bruneians have the potential to join the fray and come up on top.
“At this point, every Teqball player in the world is still in the midst of developing their skills, so if we (BTA) start now, there is potential for a Bruneian team to win in international tournaments, because everyone else is (still) building up,” Shukri continued.
He went on to express hopes that the sport would grow in Brunei, and to have at least 100 registered clubs under the association, in a bid to encourage more Teqball tournaments and events in the country.
“Having more competitions will help us (BTA) to pick the best team to compete in the world championships, of course, is not an easy task and would need the support of the general public as well as sponsors,” he added.
If you are interested to know more about the sports, in becoming a certified Teqball coach and referee, or to register your club under the BTA, you can visit the website: https://teqballbrunei.com or contact the membership committee at +673 899 9772.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN