Lausanne, Budapest, 10 October 2019 – The International Testing Agency (ITA) and the International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) have today signed a two-year anti-doping service agreement that will see the ITA support FITEQ in the promotion of clean sport globally.

This follows the meeting held in Lausanne on 2 October between ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen and FITEQ Head of International Relations Marius Vizer Jr. During the meeting, FITEQ outlined its plan and commitment to clean sport, and to best-practice in all areas. Established in 2017, FITEQ works to ensure a level playing field for all Teqball competitors by compulsory in-competition testing for all players participating in international competitions (including junior competitions). The partnership with the ITA is a significant step in advancing FITEQ’s anti-doping provisions and helping it achieve its goal of promoting the highest standards of professionalism in all areas.

Teqball is a young sport discipline, played on a curved table with a ball similar to football, hit by any part of the body except the hands. It was invented in 2014 by football enthusiasts in Hungary.

ITA Director General Benjamin Cohen said:

“The ITA is honoured to team up with FITEQ for the provision of anti-doping services for the next two years. Teqball is one of the fastest-growing sports globally and it is great to see the promotion of clean sport at the heart of FITEQ’s vision for the sport. We are looking forward to providing independent expertise to ensure that robust anti-doping programmes are in place at all of FITEQ’s international competitions.”

FITEQ Head of International Relations Marius Vizer Jr said:

“FITEQ has expanded rapidly since being established in 2017. Each month, the sport is welcoming new National Federations, new fans, and most importantly new players. As the sport continues to grow globally, we will host an increasing number of high-profile international competitions. Therefore, partnering with the ITA is a crucial step in ensuring FITEQ remains a champion for clean sport all over the world. We firmly believe the ITA will ensure the best possible delivery of our anti-doping programmes, and we are looking forward to the journey ahead.”