Tchoukball is a game which has different aspects of volleyball, basketball, handball, and tennis in it. The word “tchouk” in tchoukball is the sound when the ball rebounds from the frame.
The Inventor of Tchoukball
Tchoukball is a Swiss game and the Swiss biologist Dr. Hermann Brandt is its inventor. It was his ideas and research on the different physical activities which created the idea of this game. In his research paper “A Scientific Criticism of Team Games” and his book “From Physical Education to Sport Through Biology” published in the 1970s, he discusses the concerns of the player’s injuries which led to the invention of the game.
The Idea Behind Tchoukball
The idea behind the game was to reduce player injuries. In his research, Dr. Hermann Brandt closely studied the cause of injuries in games such as volleyball, tennis, handball, and basketball. In his paper, he presents a way of playing a game which will reduce injuries. Thus, he introduced a new game which we now know as tchoukball. According to him, it is the safest game to play.
Founders of the National Tchoukball Federation
- France was the first country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in February 1971.
- Switzerland was the second country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in April 1971.
- The UK was the third country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in December 1975.
- Taiwan was the fourth country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in April 1978.
- Japan was the fifth country which founded the National Tchoukball Federation in May 1981.
In the years following, 12 more countries including Brazil, India, Korea, USA, Italy, and Pakistan also established the national federations of tchoukball.
FITB is the governing body of tchoukball all over the world and was founded in 1971. It is the same year when the first game of tchoukball was played during the 1st Annual International Tchoukball Championship. Four teams from Switzerland, France, and the UK participated in this championship. The first champion of tchoukball was France, which beat Switzerland.
After the success of the first tchoukball tournament, the second international tournament was held in Switzerland in the year 1980. The third International Tchoukball Tournament took place in France in 1982. Taiwan held the fourth International Tchoukball Tournament in 1984.
- China held the first World Tchoukball Championship in 1984. Both the men’s and women’s team of China won the championship.
- Switzerland held the second World Tchoukball Championship in 1987. Both the men’s and women’s’ team of China won this championship too.
- Germany held the third World Tchoukball Championship in 1989. Both the men’s and women’s team of China won this championship again.
- The UK held the fourth World Tchoukball Championship in 1990. Both the men’s and women’s team of China also won this championship.
There was a break during the 1990s as the FITB did not pay much attention to the world championships. Then again in the year 2000, the World Tchoukball Championship was held in Switzerland.
First European Tchoukball Championship
The game progressed and Italy held the first European Tchoukball Championship in 2003.
First Asian Tchoukball Championship
India held the first ever Asian Tchoukball Championship in 2003.
First Beach Tchoukball Championship
Switzerland held the first World Beach Tchoukball Championship in 2005.
First South American Tchoukball Championship
Brazil held the first ever South American Tchoukball Championship in 2008.
First African Tchoukball Championship
Ghana held the first South American Tchoukball Championship in 2010.
First Youth Tchoukball Championship
China held the first ever Youth Tchoukball Championship in 2013.