The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) has strengthened its commitment to equal opportunity as it signed the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport and was officially recognised and admitted as a member of TAFISA (The Association For International Sport for All).
The declaration was confirmed by the Federation’s President and co-founder, Gábor Borsányi. The Declaration was developed and established by the International Working Group (IWG) on Women in Sport and seeks to detail a roadmap to support a fairer and more inclusive system of sport for women and girls.
In signing the Declaration, FITEQ has committed to upholding the 10 principles that enable women and girls to freely and safely participate, compete and build careers in sport.
Borsányi, President and co-founder of FITEQ, stated: “Teqball was created as a sport for all. It has always been our mission to ensure that teqball can be played by anyone, no matter their gender, age, nationality or ability. That is why it is so important to us that we do everything possible to make sure teqball is inclusive and accessible.
“We are proud to be among the signatories of the Brighton plus Helsinki Declaration on Women and Sport but more important than signing this declaration are the principles we have committed to upholding to provide better opportunities for women and girls.”
Promoting inclusion and women’s involvement in sport is a key priority for FITEQ. During the Smart Cities & Sport Summit in Tokyo last week, Mrs. Erika Borsányi Kruppa spoke on behalf of the FITEQ Women’s Committee and highlighted the Committee’s plans to help develop women players, coaches and sports leaders. Lilamani de Soysa, a member of IWG on Women in Sport, welcomed FITEQ as a signatory of the Declaration and expressed her hope that the Women’s Committee will be able to achieve positive results.
FITEQ’s commitment to inclusivity was further reinforced on 15 November when TAFISA announced the federation as a member during its General Assembly in Tokyo. TAFISA has more than 320 members from more than 170 countries, comprising of non-governmental and governmental organisations. The Association aims to use sport as a vehicle for change and create a better world through Sport for All by 2030.
“We are honoured to be recognised and endorsed by TAFISA. Working with our partners we can ensure a better future through sport.”