SPEED BALL HISTORY
Historical development of Speedball sport:
The game started as a recreational game on the beaches of Alexandria (Egypt), it was then called “Beach-ball”.
Mr.Lotfy started to develop the rules of the new ball and racket sport and named it the “Turning-ball”.
The first official competition was made in the summer of 1962 in the city of Port-Saiid in Egypt.
The Turning-ball was registered officially as a new sport invented by Mr. Mohamed Lotfy in Egypt in 1962.
Mr,Lotfy gradually improved the equipments of the sport till it reached its present state and obtained the United states’ official patent for the new des sport in 1975 and it was at that time when he called the sport “Speedball”.Mr.Lotfy founded the Egyptian Speedball federation in 1984 and started the all Egypt Speedball championship in the same year. In 1985 he visited several countries in Europe and Asia and made several demonstrations by Egyptian players, he founded the International Speedball Federation with joint efforts of Mr.Renee’ KIPPERT (the father of the FFEPMM) and Mr.DEMOLLIEN from France. Mr.LOTFY introduced Speedball to Japan when he gave a lecture and a presentation in the exchanging event of the summer Universiade held in Kobe, Japan in 1985.
Now the president of FISB is Dr.Ahmad LOTFY (Mr.LOTFY’S son), and the vice presidents are Mr.Masakazu MORI from Japan and Mr.Gerald LECOMPTE from France.The first Speedball world championship was held in Cairo – Egypt in October 1986, then yearly after, except in 2001. The last (23rd) world championship was held in Cairo-Egypt in October 2009. The 28th Word championship was held in Tunisia in October 2016.