FITEQ releases qualification system for the European Games 2023

Athletes now have a clear pathway to qualify for teqball’s historic debut at the European Games.

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Raphael Pio of Portugal plays teqball at the Teqball World Championships in Budapest, Hungary December 6, 2019. Picture taken December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Tamas Kaszas
Raphael Pio of Portugal plays teqball at the Teqball World Championships in Budapest, Hungary December 6, 2019. Picture taken December 6, 2019. REUTERS/Tamas Kaszas

The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) began the month by unveiling the qualification system for the European Games Krakow Malopolska 2023.

Teqball co-founders Gábor Borsányi, Viktor Huszár, and György Gattyán labeled the system “fair and transparent,” noting it will, “[enable] the continent’s best athletes to secure their place at Europe’s most prestigious multisport event.”

The document will act as a guide book for athletes hoping to take part in the sport’s historic debut at the European Games. Krakow Malopolska 2023 will be the third edition of the continental multi-sport event, but the first to feature teqball.

Borsányi, Huszár, and Gattyán stated, “being part of the Games will mark a major milestone in FITEQ’s journey and we are excited to showcase our dynamic and youth-focused sport on the world stage.”

With less than a year to go until the Games, the qualification period will be incredibly tight. A total of four stops on the European Teqball Tour between July 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 will determine the final ranking used to select the top nations for entry into the Games.

European Teqball Tour  (FITEQ)
European Teqball Tour (FITEQ)

A total of 15 nations will qualify through the ranking, while up to two more nations will earn quotas through the universality process. Poland will be guaranteed participation on the basis of hosting the event. Each qualified country will be asked to send two male and two female players to the Games.

While athletes have the opportunity to participate in three events, namely singles, doubles, and mixed doubles, each athlete will be limited to participation in only two events. Nations will need to carefully consider their entries if they want to participate in all five events on the program.

Countries will also need to consider the mandatory minimum participation requirement for athletes when selecting their teams for Krakow Malopolska 2023. Athletes must have participated in at least half of the qualification events to be eligible for selection.

In the end, there should be 72 athletes from 18 nations contesting teqball events at the European Games 2023.

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Hasan Arat, Chair of the European Games Coordination Commission, spoke positively about the sport when announcing its place on the sports program last year. Arat commented, “teqball is a sport based on skill, concentration and stamina. It is creating a new breed of athlete and we are very pleased to welcome the sport of teqball onto the program for the Games in 2023 and FITEQ into the EOC Family.”

With the qualification system in place, teqball is only months out from crowning its first-ever European Games champions. The European Games Krakow Malopolska 2023 will begin on June 21, 2023 and conclude on July 2, 2023.