The International University Sports Federation FISU has confirmed via its website that it has accepted korfball as an official sport in their World Championship series. The confirmation follows the successful endorsement by FISU of the IKF University World Cup held in Norwich last month.
FISU is most known for organizing the Universiade World Student Games, held every two years in odd years, with the 2015 edition to be held in Gwangju, Korea, and the 2017 edition in Taipei. Apart from this multi-sport event, FISU also organises World University Championships in more than 30 disciplines in 2016. Korfball will now be added as a new discipline to this series from 2018 onwards.
Countries interesting in hosting this event should have their national university sport federation make a bid to FISU by 1 September 2015, following which FISU will select and announce the host in December 2015 (exact dates tbc). Registration of participating teams will also be dealt with by the national student sport federations.
In the meantime, FISU has appointed Mr Gert Dijkstra (NED) as it Technical Delegate for korfball, and Mr Warman Cheng (HKG) as its Substitute Technical Delegate for korfball.
The IKF is happy with the rapid and visionary process for including korfball on FISU’s calendar, following support by Ms Rosaura Mendez, President of the Costa Rica Korfball Association and Member of the FISU Executive Committee, Helen Searle, IKF Special Delegate for equal opportunity, and Paulo Ferreira and Julien Buhajezuk of FISU’s World Championship department. Also, the IKF wishes to thank the English Korfball Association and the British Student Korfball Association for organizing the test event in the UK at such short notice and the countries that took part in the event for participating.