Day 1 of the World Beach Tchoukball Championships in Taiwan finished today with the Republic of China and Singapore starting strongly in the men and women's categories. Newcomers Argentina also had a great result in the women's competition beating South Korea. Poland and the Czech Republic won their opening matches and Cameroon became the first ever country to participate in a World Tchoukball Championships.
Elsewhere in the competition, tchoukball's first country from Oceania, New Zealand, lost their first 2 games but played well against very experienced opposition. The Phillippines also picked up a win against a strong Hong Kong side.
Reigning champions Republic of China show no sign of giving up their men's and women's World Beach titles with very convincing wins in their opening games.
Poland very also very impressive in their opening game in the men's category with captain Aleksander Gortych proving too strong for the Phillippine defence opposite veteran Julio Calegari.
Hong Kong again showed their class in the women's category with a strong defence against the Republic of China B team. This key match will give them a very good chance of reaching the semi-finals.
Jeff Ang, Technical Director, praised the local organisation:
"The volunteers here built the beach stadium very quickly and they have done an amazing job. The communication from the hosts is very effective, and once set up we were able to get the scores updated very quickly."