The International Teqball Federation (FITEQ) Executive Board has appointed Marius Vizer Jr. as the organisation’s new general secretary.
The son of influential sports executive Marius Vizer, Vizer Jr. is a member of the FITEQ Executive Board and currently holds the position of head of international relations. He is taking over as general secretary from Jason Kirkbride, who will remain an EB member.
Vizer Jr. has been at the heart of teqball’s development in recent years, travelling to 25 countries in the past 12 months to help promote the sport and establish new national federations. As general secretary, he will play a key role in the continued professionalisation of FITEQ, as the federation seeks to continue its global growth.
Speaking about the appointment, Vizer Jr. said: “FITEQ has just organised the biggest-ever Teqball World Championships, where we saw 58 countries competing to be crowned the best in the world. This capped a record-breaking 2019 for FITEQ, but we are under no illusions that there remains a long way to go before we reach our goals. As general secretary, I will work as hard as possible to ensure FITEQ and the sport of teqball continue to flourish in 2020 and beyond.”
FITEQ, which was co-founded by Hungarian business magnate György Gattyán, has promoted itself heavily in recent years, signing up top football stars to showcase the sport.
Marius Vizer, who is himself based in Hungary, has served as president of the International Judo Federation (IJF) since 2007. He also served as president of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) before standing down from this role in May 2015 after coming under heavy criticism for his controversial comments about the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its president, Thomas Bach.