The Liberia National Teqball Federation (LNTF) on Wednesday conducted its first technical workshop, with the goal of providing hands-on technical knowledge about the sport.
Teqball is a ball sport that is played on a curved table, combining elements of football and table tennis.
Back and forth, the players hit a football with any part of the body except arms and hands.
Teqball can be played between two players as a singles game, or between four players as a doubles game.
The game is represented at an international level by the International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ).
A number of world-class footballers have been attracted by the game, and after being added to the programs for the 2021 Asian Beach Games and the 2023 European Games, the sport is now aiming for Olympic inclusion.
The objectives of the one-day workshop are to provide broader understanding on Teqball operations, rules and technical activities; refresh and technically equip would-be trainers, coaches, technical directors and referees respectively.
Additionally, the workshop was meant to also focus on building the technical capacity of a new contingent of technical personnel in promoting Teqball across the country.
Making remarks at the workshop, Youth and Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson expressed happiness over what he terms as great opportunities for new sport to be added on the already existing sports in Liberia.
Minister Wilson said the government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, will ensure Teqball is fully supported, but called on the Authorities of the federation to introduce it in the various schools across Liberia.
For his part, the President of Liberia National Teqball Federation, Musa Shannon, acknowledged that Liberia is among the first 13 countries currently playing Teqball since the sport was established in Hungary 2017.
According to him, as a former footballer, it was necessary to introduce Teqball in Liberia following several discussions with his international partners.