Senegalese capital Dakar is set to stage the first International Federation of Teqball (FITEQ) National Challenger Series event of 2021.
Scheduled to be held from January 16 to 17, the competition will be the second in Africa after Guinea-Bissau hosted the continent's first National Challenger in October.
Senegal is also due to stage the second round from January 23 to 24 and the third round from January 30 to 31.
National Federations in Eswatini, Guinea-Bissau and Ivory Coast are scheduled to host multiple rounds of the series in the coming months.
All events in Africa will feature singles and doubles, with some also set to include mixed doubles.
The National Challenger Series was launched to support athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic because of the widespread restrictions on travel.
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The events enable athletes to compete for world ranking points and prize money, whilst providing a qualification pathway for the 2021 Teqball World Championships.
Following the success of the National Challenger Series in 2020, FITEQ has agreed to extend it to 2021.
The FITEQ said National Federations or registered clubs in each host country would continue to obtain financial and educational support to assist with the event organisation.
The United States is set to stage FITEQ Challenger Cup events, starting with Las Vegas on January 17.
Challenger Cup competition is then due to be held in Sacramento on January 31 and Virginia Beach on February 13.
The FITEQ believe the Challenger Cup doubles competitions demonstrate the continued growth of teqball across the United States.