The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) has donated a customised Teq table to Premier League star Raúl Jimenez as a token of appreciation for his support to the sport.
Jimenez, who is currently on the books of top flight club Wolverhampton Wanderers and represents the Mexico national team, first took up teqball after suffering a head injury earlier in the season and has since signed on as an ambassador to the sport, which merges table tennis and football.
In November, the 29-year-old was knocked out after clashing heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz during a Premier League fixture. Jimenez underwent surgery on his fractured skull, however, he was unable to remember the incident. Football’s concussion protocols were criticised in the aftermath after Luiz was allowed to play on.
The personalised Teq table has been donated in collaboration with the Mexican Teqball Federation as part of its VIP Table Donation Programme.
“I am very grateful to the Mexican Teqball Federation for providing me with a customised Teq table,” Jimenez commented.
“I play teqball regularly with my teammates at the training ground and it’s a great way to have fun whilst also practicing skills relevant to football. It’s an exciting sport and I am sure it will continue to grow all around the world.
“It’s certainly something that footballers and football fans will want to try! Having a table at my home will help me stay active and it will also ensure I will be the best teqball player of my team!”
The Mexican Teqball Federation is part of a wider teqball family which plans to grow the sport in the coming years with the help of Jimenez in an ambassador role.
The VIP Table Donation Programme serves the purpose of maintaining and strengthening National Federations’ existing or prospective teqball partners which ‘embody and promote teqball’s values of respect, integrity, passion, inclusion and ambition’.