In a major milestone for the Hungarian-invented sport, the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) was granted full membership to the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) on Sunday. Teqball is now on target to become an Olympic sport from 2028.
The GAISF General Assembly voted in favor of FITEQ’s application, following unanimous approval from the GAISF Council.
FITEQ now joins 95 other full members in the GAISF family which serves as an umbrella group of International Sports Federations including both Olympic and non-Olympic sports organizations.
Teqball – an exciting and fast-paced cross between football and ping pong on a bent table– was invented by former professional football player, Gábor Borsányi, computer scientist, Viktor Huszár, and billionaire businessman György Gattyán, who made a considerable part of his wealth thanks to his company Docler, which offers adult chat and sex cam services.
The sport (and innovation) had officially been presented in 2014, while the first World Championships were held three years later in Budapest. Teqball since counts a number of high-profile ambassadors among its supporters, and its publicity and recognition year to year apparently increases.
In response to Forbes, FITEQ now says that the association, founded in 2017, has become the youngest member of GAISF and to step up as an Olympic aspirant.
“This decision is also a success of Hungarian sports diplomacy, which all Hungarians can be proud of, as hopefully the country can root together for a Hungarian sport at the 2028 summer Olympics, and trust Hungarian teqball players to win a medal,” said Gattyán, who is now the vice-chair of the Federation.