Tchoukball Association of Singapore aims to host inaugural Asia Pacific Schools Championships to raise standards

The tournament will be launched in 2025.

Farhana Subuhan

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Published: 30 August 2023, 2:58 PM

To nurture athletes for the Tchoukball national teams, the Tchoukball Association of Singapore (TBAS) has announced plans to host the first-ever Asia Pacific Schools Championships in 2025.

The competition is endorsed by the Asia Pacific Tchoukball Federation, and will serve as a developmental pathway for athletes in the national teams. It is also intended to raise the standard of the sport in the region.

In a press release on Tuesday (Aug 29), the TBAS said that the proposal comes on the back of the appointment of a new board, which included incumbent Delane Lim returning as the TBAS president.

The proposal also “highlights the increasing demand for a school category in Tchoukball tournaments, the potential benefits of promoting school Tchoukball and the opportunity for the younger players to represent their countries in an international sporting event”.

The plans for the Asia Pacific Schools Championships, which are still in their infancy stage, include round-robin matches followed by knockout stages where teams will compete in various age categories.

Delane Lim, who is also vice president of Tchoukball Asia Pacific, said that the proposed Asia Pacific Schools Championships “will be a testament to our commitment to fostering talent and solidifying our sport’s position on the global stage”.

The Singapore women’s tchoukball team is currently ranked number one in the world, while the men’s team is ranked number three by the International Tchoukball Federation.

Last month, the Singapore boys’ under-15 team and girls’ under-18 team clinched gold medals in their respective age-groups at the World Youth Tchoukball Championships.

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