Singapore women’s tchoukball team ranks world’s No. 1 but only finds out a month later

No one in the Singapore women’s tchoukball team knew that they topped the world rankings for a month until yesterday.

According to rankings updated by the International Tchoukball Federation (FITB) on Jan. 1, Singapore beat Chinese Taipei with 165.65 which is just eight points higher after winning in the finals of the 2022 Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships in August in Malaysia.

“Congratulations to our women’s team for putting us on the world map! We want to thank all our supporters and partners who believe in them. Without them, the team will not be where we are today!” Tchoukball Association of Singapore wrote today.

The association’s President Delane Lim told The Straits Times that the association first found out through FITB’s socials on Friday and informed player Angie Ng about the big news who then spread it to the rest of the team.

Team captain Irene Tan said the team doesn’t practice checking the rankings which are updated yearly.

Lim called upon supporters for the sport to help the team win more in the future.

“I do hope that we will have more corporate partners and individual supporters to come on board to help sustain our performance and provide opportunities for our players to succeed and win more for Singapore.”

The Singapore men’s team currently places third behind Chinese Taipei and Italy.

The team will compete in the Tchoukball World Championships in Prague in August.

What exactly is Tchoukball?

Tchoukball is a Swiss indoor ball game with two teams of seven players that combines elements of handball and volleyball.

There is a rebounder, similar to a trampoline, at both ends where players score points by aiming the ball at it without being caught by the defending team. Physical contact is prohibited.

Tchoukball was created to introduce a less aggressive sport that reduces the chances of injuries.

Here are some highlights from the 2022 Asia Pacific Tchoukball Championships in August:

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