Wednesday 31 July in Durban South Africa and most of the teams at the IKF WKC 2019 have arrived to enjoy the beachside city and each other’s company. Most participants have come a long way and one flight from Dubai safely delivered almost one third of the teams and a high percentage of the officials.
Final preparations are under way at the two playing venues with official korfball floors imported from The Netherlands installed ready for play, international korfball friendships renewed, and the teams enjoying each other’s company as they explore the relaxed vibe of the city, finalising their preparations for the competition over the next 10 days.
For some the tournament is about the joy and honour of competing against the best in the world. For others this is an opportunity to challenge for the podium and activate their plans to qualify for the World Games 2021, Birmingham, USA.
How the European teams fare against their rivals from Asia and Oceania is one story that will unfold in the coming days. With two Asian teams currently in the top four, the traditional dominance of European korfball is under threat. Representing the Americas, though comprising entirely of players based in the Netherlands, Suriname’s debut appearance in the tournament is widely anticipated. And the team representing our hosts will be keenly watched by all as they showcase themselves to the korfball world, and our sport to the wider public of their nation.
A daily recap with all the results, reviews, best images and videos will be published on IKF main site: www.korfball.sport
Official websites of the tournament ► www.korfball.sport ► www.ikfwkc2019.com
Live streaming games, results and statistics on ► www.worldkorfball.sport
IKF WKC History event booklet ► Read .pdf document
Discover more from all participants reading #TheTeamFiles Interviews ► korfball.sport/wkc2019