Gergely Murányi has explained FITEQ's social-impact plans ©FITEQ

International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) head of diplomatic relations Gergely Murányi has outlined the governing body’s efforts to ensure teqball can have a positive social impact.

Murányi is responsible for developing the organisation's strategic partnerships with diplomatic bodies, Governments and National Governmental Organisations.

Murányi said FITEQ has already developed partnerships and a corporate social responsibility strategy.

"We have already contributed to international humanitarian projects and have a partnership with Peace and Sport," Murányi said.

"We support their Live Together programme in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan, and also supported the Friendship Games in Burundi.

"During the last couple of years, we have organised diplomatic donations and events in Nigeria, Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, Madagascar, Kazakhstan, China and this list is far from complete.

"Sustainability is one of the most important attributes of every single project, especially the charitable programmes.

"Zaatari and our contribution to Peace and Sport’s Live Together programme is a great example.

"We did not simply donate Teq tables, take nice pictures and leave the camp.

"Rather, we organised the projects around the concept of training the trainers.

"This programme has been running now for more than 18 months and continues thanks to those refugee teqball trainers, Ibrahim and Ahmad, who have shown great dedication in helping the kids living in the camp.

"It was unbelievable to see how those kids developed when we returned after a year."

Peace and Sport is among the organisations FITEQ has partnered with on social projects ©FITEQ
Peace and Sport is among the organisations FITEQ has partnered with on social projects ©FITEQ

Murányi added that FITEQ is aiming to develop its own international programme to help deliver the sport to the underprivileged parts of the world, with the aim to further improve the organisation’s efforts after the coronavirus pandemic.

FITEQ last year also signed an agreement at the 2019 World Championships in Budapest with Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

As part of the agreement a total of 200 teqball tables will be donated to philanthropic projects and organisations around the world.