Gabor Borsányi, Marius Vizer Jr, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah and Viktor Huszar have held talks at the FITEQ headquarters in Budapest ©FITEQ

President of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, has visited the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) headquarters in Budapest to discuss the sport's debut at the Sanya Asian Beach Games next year.

Meeting FITEQ President Gabor Borsányi, chairman Viktor Huszar and general secretary Marius Vizer Jr, they discussed the development of teqball throughout Asia.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the sport has grown its membership to 84 National Federations in five continents.

Asia is the continent with the most National Federations, with 29 members in total.

"It is an honour to welcome OCA President Sheikh Ahmad to teqball's home in Budapest and share with him the wonderful stories from the Asian teqball family," said Borsányi.

"The journey so far has been very special, but it's just the beginning.

"We are truly grateful for the support of Sheikh Ahmad, and the whole OCA and together we are building something magical."

Teqball is in nearly 30 Asian countries and territories, including Indonesia ©FITEQ
Teqball is in nearly 30 Asian countries and territories, including Indonesia ©FITEQ

FITEQ officials also updated Sheikh Ahmad on its acceptance as a full member of the Global Association of International Sports Federations, as well as the World Anti-Doping Agency's approval of FITEQ as an official signatory to the World Anti-Doping Code.

There was also talks of teqball's debut as a medal sport for the Sanya Asian Beach Games, rescheduled for 2021, and as a demonstration sport at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

FITEQ was officially recognised by the OCA at its General Assembly in Jakarta in Indonesia in August 2018.

FITEQ are also planning to launch a development programme in Asia.