Singapore ladies’s staff rise to world No.1 in tchoukball

Singapore's Liaw Li Qing about to serve a goal in the air at the 2022 Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships

Singapore’s Liaw Li Qing (holding ball) in motion on the 2022 Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships. Picture: Tchoukball Affiliation of Singapore/Fb

SINGAPORE — Singapore can now declare to have a ladies’s staff ranked No.1 on the earth – within the comparatively obscure sport of tchoukball.

In line with the Worldwide Tchoukball Federation, the Singapore staff overtook Taiwan on the earth rankings to succeed in the head on 1 January.

This comes after their historic victory over Taiwan within the 2022 Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships ultimate, which was held in August in Malaysia.

The Singapore males’s staff are additionally among the many greatest on the earth, rating third total behind Taiwan and Italy within the sport – wherein groups attempt to rating by hitting a trampoline goal with a ball.

Unaware of their prime rating for practically a month

Remarkably, not one of the Singapore gamers and officers knew about this ascent to the world No.1 rating for nearly a full month.

In line with The Straits Occasions, the achievement was found solely when Delane Lim, president of the Tchoukball Affiliation of Singapore, noticed a submit on the Worldwide Tchoukball Federation’s Fb web page final Friday (27 January).

Within the newest world rating replace, the Singapore ladies’s staff scored 165.65 factors to swop locations with Taiwan (156.80 factors). Switzerland (141.38 factors) moved up a spot to take third place.

The staff had been subsequently knowledgeable through group chat, a lot to their delight.

“I’m very happy with what we’ve achieved,” staff captain Irene Tan, 32, advised The Straits Occasions.

“Since I joined in 2009, the aim has all the time been to beat Chinese language Taipei. It had appeared unattainable and with our onerous work, we put in our greatest and tweaked what we would have liked to such that we’re in a position to obtain right this moment’s outcome.”

She defined that it was not the staff’s follow to test the rankings, that are up to date yearly.

Elevating consciousness for the game

The current No.1 rating serves as a confidence booster for the Singapore nationwide groups forward of the World Tchoukball Championships, which shall be held in Prague from 31 July to five August.

Lim hopes this achievement will assist increase consciousness of tchoukball in Singapore and encourage extra folks to select the game up. He additionally hopes the game may be included within the Nationwide Faculty Video games and be added as an indication sport within the 2027 SEA Video games, which shall be held in Malaysia.

Singapore will even be internet hosting the sixth World Youth Tchoukball Championships from 13 to 16 July this 12 months. Town-state obtained affirmation from the Worldwide Tchoukball Federation (FITB) on Saturday (21 January).

The earlier version of the match was additionally hosted in Singapore, at Our Tampines Hub in 2019.

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