Gergely Murányi said that teqball is an "ideal choice for a host city" ©FITEQ

International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) head of diplomatic relations and corporate social responsibility Gergely Murányi has claimed that the sport represents "an ideal choice for a host city".

Murányi and Mate Bor, chief of staff and senior advisor to FITEQ President Gábor Borsányi, attended the Host City 2022 Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow, where they featured on a panel discussion about "the future fan".

Despite constraints on host cities staging sporting competitions, Murányi believes that teqball offers an attractive proposition.

"After the experience that we collected from the last teqball events, both from Europe and the US, I am quite confident that there will be host cities who will see the possibility in hosting a teqball event, but we are in a challenging time," he told insidethegames.

"We had COVID, now we have the war in Ukraine and the crazy economic situation, so I think this will be a turning point for the cities as well where they can choose between the events based on the number of people they involve and the amount of investment that they have to do to host an event, and I think teqball is a pretty ideal choice for a host city."

Murányi argued that the sport's reach through broadcast deals and FITEQ ambassadors can be valuable for host cities.

"From the perspective of a city, with our cooperation with Eurosport in Europe and ESPN in the States, I think it can ensure an amazingly high reach, so what the host city could get is much more than what they can get from an average sport event, and if we involve our famous football players like Ronaldinho that can make a huge buzz around the city," he said.

Gergely Murányi, furthest left, and Mate Bor, second left, represented FITEQ at the Host City 2022 Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow ©ITG
Gergely Murányi, furthest left, and Mate Bor, second left, represented FITEQ at the Host City 2022 Conference and Exhibition in Glasgow ©ITG

Teqball was invented in Hungary and is played on a curved table combining elements of football and table tennis, with FITEQ established as its governing body in 2017.

Hungary continues to be a leading nation in the sport, with its players winning three of the five events at last year's World Championships in Gliwice, and Murányi expressed for further growth of the sport across the continent, praising the work taking place in France.

"If we want to see the level of development of the sport, it is quite obvious that since the sport came from Hungary and we have our headquarters in Hungary, our focus on that area is much higher and it was much easier to expand," he admitted.

"But for us it is a strategical question to keep this growth in the Western part of Europe, and I would like to highlight the great work that our French Federation is doing with the President Jawad El Hajri.

"He is making an amazing job in France, but of course we have to raise the number of athletes in every European country."

This year's Teqball World Championships are approaching, with the event scheduled for November 23 to 27 in the German city of Nuremburg.

Hungarian capital Budapest, Reims in France and Gliwice in Poland have held the World Championships since the inaugural edition in 2017.