Hungary and Romania celebrated success at the inaugural edition of the Teqball World Championships in Budapest in July 2017.

The hosts were expected to be among the favourites to win singles and doubles competitions at the tournament, with teqball having been invented by Hungarians.

Ádám Blázsovics emerged as the winner of the singles competition, winning an all-Hungarian final against Máté Szolga.

Romania’s Zsolt Lázár claimed the bronze medal.

The home nation were denied victory in the doubles competition, with Romania beating Hungary in the gold medal match.

The top three was completed by Serbia.

Retired footballers William Gallas of France and Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu were among those in attendance on the finals evening, with the pair participating in a gala indoor football game.

The first edition of the Teqball World Championships was attended by 20 nations, including Brazil, England, Japan, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

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The second edition of the Teqball World Championships took place in French city Reims in October 2018.

The main hall of the Complexe Sportif René Tys hosted the competition.

Doubles champions Bogdan Marojevic and Nikola Mitro of Montenegro were awarded $20,000 (£15,400/€17,500), while singles winner Bárna Szécsi of Romania took home $10,000 (£7,700/€8,800).

There was disappointment for Hungary in both finals with Ádám Blázsovics and Csaba Bányik losing to Marojevic and Mitro and Árpád Sipos falling to defeat at the hands of Szécsi.

Romania overcame Brazil in the doubles bronze medal game. 

Among the special guests at the event was ex-French footballer Robert Pires, a winner of the FIFA World Cup in 1998 and UEFA European Championship in 2000.

Pires was joined by fellow teqball ambassador and former France team-mate William Gallas.

Also in attendance was ex-Portuguese footballer Simão Sabrosa and French freestyle footballer Séan Garnier.

As well as the competition, there was a teqball smash contest, a teqball show, a VIP tournament, a gala dinner, an awards ceremony and a closing party.

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The Teqball World Championships 2019 took place in the Hungarian capital city, Budapest, in December.

Hungarian Adam Blazsovics won the singles title, and also the doubles gold with Csaba Banyik. 

The gold medal in mixed games was taken home by the Brazilians Natalia Guitler and Marcos Viera. 

The global tournament featured 160 athletes from 58 different countries, including Maor Ankona of Israel who was just nine-years-old and playing in the mixed doubles for the first time. 

He joined 50-year-old doubles player Indrit Bejtaga of Italy who was the oldest athlete at the tournament, and 22 female athletes, the most of any World Championships so far. It was one of the most diverse and inclusive international sports events in the world.

This year saw a 150 per cent increase in the number of athletes entered since the first tournament in 2017 and 10 more nations added to the draw including first timers Djibouti, Argentina, Norway, Ivory Coast and the Cook Islands.

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