Poland in action, 2021 World Teqball Championships. fot. Jacek Prondzyński
World Teqball Championships – Poland with a chance for medals!
The whole world is currently living with the World Cup in Qatar, but what is just happening behind our western border should not be overlooked. On November 23, the World Teqball Championships began in Nuremberg. The five-day celebration of the "orange sport" could be very fruitful for our national team. Will it manage to win gold?
Teqball – a surprising, spectacular sports hybrid that combines elements of soccer and ping-pong – is gaining instant popularity around the world. Poland is a country that leads the way and sets the tone for the development of the sport – dozens of players practicing the sport, medals of the most important events and the organisation of tournaments of the highest rank, are key proof of our position in the world of this discipline.
At the first edition of the World Championships, which were played in 2017 in Budapest, our national team managed to reach the quarterfinals. A year later in Reims, France, we won our first medal at the event – we finished on third place. At the next championships we did even better – we brought back silver. We also shone at the fourth edition of the event, held in Gliwice – we won a silver and a bronze medal in the singles categories. The form of our players indicates that they will not disappoint their fans this time either.
Our most successful player, Adrian Duszak, will lead our national team to the best possible result on the international stage. He will play matches in the singles and mixed categories paired with Alicja Bartnicka. The representative is determined to win gold. The women's singles format will feature Żaneta Cygora, and the women's doubles will be played by the Agnieszka Rybicka-Alicja Bartnicka pair. The players, who hail from two different clubs, decided to join forces and perform as one team at the Polish championships. The men's doubles team will feature the debut of the youngest member of our team - the talented 17-year-old Marek Pokwap, who will play in a pair with Alan Gałecki.
The championship in Nuremberg is a great foretaste of next year's excitement, when Krakow will become the arena for the matches played by more than 70 top players during the 2023 European Games. The teqball tournament, in the rank of European championships, will begin on June 28 and end on July 1 on the Main Square in Krakow – it's hard to find a more beautiful setting for this spectacular sport.
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