25 Nov 2023

WTC23 - Is this the most stacked category ever?

Just like in women's doubles, new pair will be crowned as the title holders did not qualify.

We are only days away from what will be a historical event, the World Teqball Championships 2023. It is going to be the first WCh to be held outside of Europe as Bangkok will host the tournament with a record number of participants, having 211 athletes representing 61 countries.

Similarly to the women’s doubles, the mixed doubles competition will be held without the defending champs, as neither Lea Vasas nor Adam Bako qualified for the Worlds. For Hungary, Krisztina Acs and Csaba Banyik will replace them, so we can not say that the country will lose its “powerhouse” status. Banyik leads the World Ranking in this category (also won the title in 2021) and together they were victorious on three occasions in 2023 and reached the final in the previous three tournaments.

If you are searching for players with a chip on their shoulders, do not look further than Vania Moraes da Cruz and Leonardo Lindoso de Almeida. The Brazilians came up short against their Hungarian opponents two times in a row in the gold medal game, and they are eager to end the streak and finish on a higher note. It is going to be tough, even to get to the finals, as the rest of the field looks stronger than ever. For example, Serbians Maja Umicevic and Nikola Mitro return and would like to improve their best result, which is a bronze medal from 2019.

Amelie Julian and Hugo Rabeux from France are definitely a team to contend for a medal, both members are currently in the top 8 in the World Rankings and they have a tournament win from LA earlier this season. Oh, and we have not mentioned the home team yet, another unit that has all the chance to be featured on the last day of the World Championships. Suphawadi Wongkhamchan and Phakpong Dejaroen participated in three events in 2023, won two of them and collected a bronze medal, too. They are efficient, successful, play in a spectacular way and have the support from the home crowd, so who would bet against them?

Enough contenders? We do not think so. How about European Championship bronze medallists Alicja Bartnicka&Marek Pokwap from Poland or 5th placed Gabriela Zachova&Lukas Flaks from Chechia? And let’s not forget individual European Champion Kinga Barabasi from Romania, who will team up with Arnold Szilagyi, or Margaret Osmundson&Luka Pilic from the USA, who claimed one gold and two more medals in the 2023 Teqball Tour series.

This is a stacked field and it promises to be a sensational show for every fan and spectator.

The program will kick off with the group stages in the Hua Mak Arena in the afternoon of November 30, and the semifinals and the medal matches will be hosted by the Bangkok Arena on December 3.