Hungary and Mongolia enjoyed two days of teqball to commemorate their long-lasting friendship @FITEQ

A teqball competition has taken place in Mongolia, as part of a landmark celebration of the country's relationship with Hungary. 

The Mongolian Teqball Federation organised the event in the country's capital city, Ulaanbaatar, alongside a range of other cultural activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

Fifteen players took part in the competition, which was held in Sukhbaatar Square on May 13 and 14, with the winner being Ch.Turbold of Avgarch Futzal Club. 

Locals were invited to play teqball and learn more about the sport, which was invented in 2012 in Hungary's capital, Budapest. 

The local residents in Ulaanbaatar enjoy a game of teqball in the sunshine @FITEQ
The local residents in Ulaanbaatar enjoy a game of teqball in the sunshine @FITEQ

Teqball, a sport that combines features of football and table tennis, has seen its popularity grow enormously in recent years, including in Asia. 

Its governing body, the International Teqball Federation (FITEQ), was officially recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia in 2018. 

It was subsequently given full membership of the Global Association of International Sports Federations in 2020, and teqball was announced as the sixteenth sport at the 2023 European Games in May last year. 

FITEQ are pushing for a spot on the Olympic programme, with the sport aspiring to feature at Los Angeles 2028.