FITEQ staged multiple events at the Junior Pan American Games in Cali in Colombia ©FITEQ

The International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) has staged a series of events at the Junior Pan American Games in Cali with more than six tables setup at four different locations around the Colombian city.

Teqball was chosen to feature at the inaugural Games as a demonstration event with the aim to growing the sport further in the Americas.

"This is the first Junior Pan American Games and we really wanted to part of it," Evelin Gondos, FITEQ's continental development manager for Pan America, told insidethegames.

"We are an official exhibition sport here in Cali.

"We had huge success here, we are really thankful to the President of Teqball Colombia and to the President and to the director of the local Organising Committee for the opportunity.

"They made this all happen for us.

"We participated in the Pan American Games already in 2019 in Lima as an exhibition sport as well.

"We hope to be included in the Santa Marta Central American and Caribbean Beach Games in 2022.

"We really want to be as popular here in the Americas as we are in Europe, Africa and Asia."

Through the events in Cali, FITEQ aims to create a party atmosphere with DJ's, music and dance, in the hope of creating a "teqball festival".

FITEQ aims to increase teqball's popularity throughout the Pan American region ©FITEQ
FITEQ aims to increase teqball's popularity throughout the Pan American region ©FITEQ

Gondos feels that teqball's success in the region is inevitable and just a matter of time.

"It's not a question about if it's going to be a success, the question is when," she said.

"We are on the right track.

"Right now we have 21 National Federations in Pan America, and worldwide we have 125.

"Of this 21, 12 are recognised by their Sports Ministry or National Olympic Committee so we have to work on the rest."

The governing body is preparing to host the 2021 Teqball World Championships in Gliwice in Poland from December 8 to 11.

It is set to feature singles and doubles tournaments for men and women as well as a mixed doubles competition.

"As for all sports, the World Championships are a huge event and a milestone in the sport's life," said Gondos.

"We are preparing for it and really looking forward to it.

"The team at home are working at 100 per cent.

"It's going to be huge in Gliwice, Poland.

"The guys here that are going to be our official athletes and the face of the sport will also be there to ensure it is as high-quality as we expect it to be."