FITEQ donated teq tables to schools and universities during its delegation's visit to the Hanoi 2021 Southeast Asian Games ©FITEQ

International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) officials led by general secretary Marius Vizer Jr met with 10 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, and talked up the prospect of the sport featuring at future editions of the multi-sport event.

Of the 11 nations who compete in the SEA Games, eight have National Federations affiliated to FITEQ, while progress in Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam is described as "very positive".

Vizer Jr and Zita Klinger, FITEQ development manager for Asia, travelled to Vietnam's capital for the 31st edition of the Games.

They met with officials from the NOC of Laos, the Myanmar Olympic Committee and the Vietnam Olympic Committee to provide "further impetus to the efforts to establish active National Federations in these countries".

A delegation from the NOC of Cambodia also met with FITEQ, with the country due to host the next edition of the Games in 2023.

This was billed as a "positive, wide-ranging discussion".

Teqball is set to make its debut at next year's European Games in Kraków-Małopolska.

It is on the programme as a medal sport at the 2023 Asian Beach Games in Sanya, and as a demonstration sport at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Bangkok and Chonburi Province, which has been postponed until 2023 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

FITEQ's officials also met with NOCs from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand and Timor-Leste.

FITEQ general secretary Marius Vizer Jr, left, met with officials from 10 National Olympic Committees during the Southeast Asian Games ©FITEQ
FITEQ general secretary Marius Vizer Jr, left, met with officials from 10 National Olympic Committees during the Southeast Asian Games ©FITEQ

Discussions with the NOCs at the SEA Games covered the development of National Federations for teqball, the status of NOC recognition, and the sport's planned presence at future Olympic Council of Asia events.

The FITEQ delegation additionally visited the Hungarian Embassy in Hanoi to discuss ways to cooperate on promoting the sport in Vietnam, and donated teq tables to schools and universities across Vietnam.

Vizer Jr commended the Organising Committee for the delayed Hanoi 2021 SEA Games.

"I want to thank the SEA Games Organising Committee for welcoming us to this excellent event," he said.

"It is most definitely something teqball would be honoured to be a part of in the future, especially following the growth of the sport in the region and our inclusion on other multi-sport games in Asia.

"It was a pleasure to see so many friends of teqball together in one place celebrating sport, many of whom we had not seen in person since the start of the pandemic.

"We heard so many great stories about how teqball is engaging young people in sport and helping them lead healthier lifestyles, and we also had the chance to analyse with our partners in each country how FITEQ can do even more to support the growth of our sport."

Teqball was invented in Hungary, with FITEQ established as its governing body in 2017.

The sport has ambitions to feature at the Olympic Games, possibly as early as Los Angeles 2028.