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Enter Teqball to Sri Lanka

Evolve is forever motion. Confirming ourselves to sport, almost all sports especially the most popular ones have also experienced the motion of change over a period of time and sometimes have branched out into separate sports that have Olympic status.  For instance, tennis, table tennis and badminton to a great extent could be put into that slot. The scoring systems are somewhat similar, but only the apparatus are different, but, you get the raquet, court and the net. On the other hand football or soccer is so common and infectious, there is no boy I guess through the bigger margin of the globe who has not dribbled the football and tried to score a goal.

The game of football is so big; it is a billion dollar business and at times even tilts the blue chips in the worlds. So, if someone tries to pull out the table out of the raquet game and put a football there what would they call it.....a Platypus? No, they call it Teqball and mind you; it is gathering momentum in the world and in a big way it and even has set foot on Sri Lanka too.

The way Wikipedia explains it Teqball is a ball sport that resembles table tennis, but is played on a curved table with a ball similar to a football, and the players can hit the ball with any part of the body except the hands. Teqball can be played between two players as a singles game, or between three or four players as a doubles game.

The game is represented at an international level by the Fédération Internationale de Teqball (FITEQ). A number of world-class footballers have been attracted by the game, and after being included at the African Beach Games, the sport is now aiming for Olympic inclusion.


Teqball was invented in 2014 in Hungary by two football enthusiasts, Gábor Borsányi, a former professional player and Viktor Huszár, a computer scientist.

The responsibility of taking Teqball to Sri Lanka has come upon the former hockey federation secretary Gamini Jayasinghe – the President of Teqball who always has an eye for adventure. He said initially the game was introduced to the Olympic Committee Secretary General Maxwell de Silva by Marius Vizer Jr – General Secretary of Teqball and de Silva in turn asked Jayasinghe if he wished to set up game in Sri Lanka last year. Jayasinghe explained: “By nature I like challenges. So last year I held the initial AGM, and got the ball rolling, and we had our first workshop at the Prisons Dept Premises. But, still the game of Teqball is new to us. At present we have about five clubs involved with the game, but still we are engaged to makeshift play stations because we are awaiting the Teqball tables to be brought to Sri Lanka by the FITEQ.

“We are also happy to announce that the federation has five tables and five balls to set the ball rolling in the five clubs.  Tomorrow, we are expecting the presence of Marius Vizer Jr to officially inaugurate the game of Teqball in Sri Lanka and from there we are hoping to move forward as fast as we could.”


Story Behind the Medal

From this edition of this week’s GoodSport news bulletin we are hoping to carry a series of spot interviews with international sports personnel who have excelled in various fields of activity.

This week we had the opportunity of meeting weightlifter Indika Dissanayake who brought home a silver medal during the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia.

During this little chat Indika describes how he initially got interested in the sport and the ups and the downs during his career.


 Gamer.LK and the NOC SL Announce the Esports South Asia Cup

In a drive to position Sri Lanka as a South Asian leader in Esports, Gamer.LK has partnered with the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOC SL) to host a series of international Esports tournaments, starting with the InGame Esports South Asia Cup in this March. Electronic Sports, referred to as E-sports, is the competitive play of video games. It is the fastest growing sport in Sri Lanka today. With a following in the millions and tournament viewership numbers overtaking some popular traditional sports in the country, Esports is on its way to becoming a top three sport in the coming years. Globally, Esports viewership is estimated to overtake traditional sports viewership by 2024, with global millennials already watching video games and Esports content more than traditional sports today.

The InGame Esports South Asia Cup is open to six South Asian countries and had over 100 teams taking part in national qualifiers. One team each from Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka qualified to represent their country in the final play-offs which will be held online on March 27, 28 and 29. The title being played is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and the teams are competing for a prize pool of US$ 10,000.

The InGame Esports South Asia Cup will be preceded by the Sri Lanka Cyber Games on March 20, 21 and 22.  at Stein Studios, which is Sri Lanka's largest Esports and Video Games festival. The three-day event attracts over 3,000 Esports athletes and has a walk-in crowd of 10,000 spectators.

The Esports South Asia Cup is a first step in a long-term Esports strategy for the country.


Olympic Plans still on Despite Virus Scare according to Authorities

The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared a pandemic and the cases are still clustered with the respective national authorities focusing on containment measures. Seeing as there is a risk of significant travel disruption due to the cancellation of flights and other transport, and the changing restrictions on entry by different government authorities, the IOC has temporarily amended its travel policy for staff and advisers and only essential travels will be allowed. All alternatives to travelling should be explored.

Information concerning the Coronavirus and the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020:

Preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is continuing as planned. Counter-measures against infectious diseases constitute an important part of Tokyo 2020’s plans to host a safe and secure Games. Tokyo 2020 will continue to collaborate with all the relevant organizations that are carefully monitoring any incidence of infectious diseases, and will review any counter-measures that may be necessary with all the organizations concerned.

In addition, the IOC is in contact with the WHO as well as its own medical experts. We have full confidence that the relevant authorities, in particular in Japan and China, will take all the necessary measures to address the situation. Tokyo 2020 is working in cooperation with the National and International Federations ahead of test events and is following guidance from the Japanese authorities. The Torch Relay is expected to take place as planned.

The situation is being monitored carefully and Tokyo 2020 is collaborating closely with the regional prefectures to assess the local context. The IOC is working with the International Federations and the relevant NOCs concerning the participation of their athletes in qualifying events for the Olympic Games. It is not possible to predict how long the outbreak will last. Previous Novel Coronavirus outbreaks (such as SARS) lasted 6-9 months, but as this is a new virus, the outcome is unknown. It may continue as a relatively mild flu like illness and spread widely, it may disappear during the Spring / Summer, or it may continue as sporadic outbreaks with some severe cases.

The current focus of public authorities is on containment with isolation of cases and clusters of cases, as well as mitigation and prevention. The policies put in place by sports organizations need to be sensible and proportionate to minimize the risk to individuals and reduce the chances of transmission. These policies will depend on the event, sport, geography and timing.

- IOC News


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