Olympic Council of Asia
The International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) was officially recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) at the continental governing body’s General Assembly in Jakarta in August 2018.
It followed a recommendation by the OCA Sports Committee, whose members were treated to an impressive display by FITEQ - both on and off the field of play.
Before a meeting of the Committee at the Hotel Mulia Senayan, four players gave an outdoor demonstration of teqball.
FITEQ chairman Viktor Huszár provided information about the sport on the sidelines.
After the demonstration, the Committee members and FITEQ officials moved into the meeting room for a formal presentation.
In March 2019, teqball took a big stride forward in Asia when it was accepted onto the programme for the 2020 Asian Beach Games in Chinese city Sanya.
The decision was announced during the 38th OCA General Assembly in Bangkok, by its President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah.
Since being officially recognised by the OCA, a teqball training course has been organised at the Fujian Chuanzheng Communications College in Fuzhou in China.
Other teqball activities in Asia include the donation of a table to Birzeit University in Palestine and the introduction of the sport to Turkmenistan at the International Sport, Tourism and Science Exhibition in Ashgabat.
There are 19 National Teqball Federations from the OCA region: Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Palestine, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Timor-Leste, Thailand.
Huszár believes teqball's ambition of one day featuring in the Olympic Games could become a reality in 2032.
Officials also hope it will be included on the sports programme for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou in China.
Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa
Teqball is one step closer to its goal of becoming an Olympic sport after achieving official recognition from the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) at its Annual General Assembly meeting in June 2019.
Representatives from the 54 National Olympic Committees that make up ANOCA met in Sal, Cape Verde on June 12, 2019, where they collectively agreed to give the International Federation of Teqball their seal of approval, marking a significant milestone in the growth of the emerging sport.
The sanction from ANOCA follows approval from the Olympic Council of Asia at its Annual General Assembly in Jakarta in August 2018 and continued efforts from FITEQ to see teqball achieve global recognition.
FITEQ general secretary, Marius Vizer Jr. said: "We’re delighted to be recognised by ANOCA and feel it is an important milestone for us to extend our reach to countries in Africa and beyond."
Africa now has 14 National Teqball Federations: Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Djibouti, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Eswatini, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Madagascar, Sierra Leone and Mali.
Teqball featured as a demonstration sport at the African Beach Games, also held in Sal in Cape Verde in 2019, where the tournament was known as the African Beach Teqball Cup.
In August 2019, teqball demonstrations wowed athletes and fans at the African Games in Morocco's capital Rabat.
These took place at both the Athletes' Village and the Fan Zone, giving athletes and fans the opportunity to watch the sport first-hand and even try it for themselves.
FITEQ is also working in partnership with Olympafrica, and provided its first Olympafrica centre table donation in Tanzania on November 14, 2019.
The first centre to receive a teqball table and the official balls was the Filbert Bayi Sports Centre at Mkuza, Kibaha, and the second was in Zanzibar at the Dole Centre.
During the visit to Tanzania, Marius Vizer Jr participated in the 36th Seminar for Secretaries General of African NOCs in Zanzibar.
He presented teqball tables to ANOCA President Mustapha Berraf and other officials.
Oceania National Olympic Committees
FITEQ presented at the 2019 Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) General Assembly in Fiji.
This was part of a bid to become recognised by the body and one day appear at Games held in the region.
There are five National Teqball Federations from the ONOC region: American Samoa, Cook Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Tuvalu.
FITEQ has also officially joined the Organisation of Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO).
Membership grants networking opportunities to FITEQ who will be able to tap into the regional group's bank of knowledge.
It is hoped this will continue the growth of teqball throughout Oceania.
The passion for football in the Americas makes it a natural home for teqball.
FITEQ is working hard to provide opportunities for teqers to play the sport throughout North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, with the support of Panam Sports a key part of achieving this aim.
There are currently four National Teqball Federations in the region: Canada, Haiti, Jamaica and Guatemala.
In addition, there is wide-ranging interest in the sport in other countries such as Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama and the United States.
The US hosted its first Challenger Cup in February 2020.
At the 2019 Pan American Games in Peru's capital Lima, teqball was a popular feature at the fan zone and the Athletes' Village.
Panam Sports President Neven Ilic also took part in a teqball demonstration at the organisation's General Assembly, held alongside the Lima 2019 Games, as seen in the below video.