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Feger holds virtual meeting with international Rocball officials

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JIM Feger, Saipan educator and founder of the sport of Rocball, recently held a virtual meeting with  Rocball officials from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Liberia and Sri Lanka.

They discussed, among other things, the Asian Rocball Championship that will begin when the Covid-19 pandemic is over and people are able to start traveling again.

Feger said there are plans to hold two Rocball events starting with a beach tournament this month for the women's division in Pakistan.

As for the International Rocball Tournament, Feger said it may be held early next year in Malaysia.

He also mentioned another and bigger international Rocball tournament that will be hosted in India.

For its part, the sports university in Delhi, India will include Rocball in its curriculum, Feger said.

"I think it's great!” he said, referring to the spread of Rocball around the world.

“What was once an experiment for new ideas to recreate and modify an ancient ball game that originated in what is now Mexico and was played by the Mayans and Aztecs is now getting some international attention. And, by the way, some scholars believe basketball and volleyball both originated from the team and ball sport once played by the Aztecs. They were the first to use a rubber ball in a sport."

Feger added, "Our contribution to the world is this team sport, which is the first sport in the world to use unrestricted hitting and kicking and rally point scoring with an overhead net that bisects a court of play. The sport has been documented several times in the 1980s and early 1990s at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. under international copyright laws. These are the facts. Now, some parts of the rest of the world have come to appreciate the sport of Rocball and its unique rules of play and multiple point scoring techniques."

Rocball is now played at the national level in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.

Rocball is also a registered sport or sport in development in Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Spain, Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, Spain and, of course, in the CNMI. 

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