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The World Games 2022

The International World Games Association (IWGA) and Birmingham Organising Committee (BOC) agreed on April 2nd to postpone the 11th edition of The World Games until 7th to 17th July 2022. The Games had originally been planned to take place from 15–25 July next year in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama, USA.

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to move the Tokyo Olympic Games to July 2021 made a significant impact on the planning of The World Games in Birmingham. Keeping to the original dates in July 2021 would have meant excluding many athletes and officials involved in the Olympics, and would have led to a potential reduction in public and media interest. When the IOC announced its decision, the BOC urgently set about assessing what alternative dates might be viable, particularly as regards venues and accommodation. Meanwhile, the staff of the IWGA were establishing when the vital services provided by key partners, such as SwissTiming and International Sports Broadcasting, could still be made available.

It soon became clear that only one 10-day period existed in which venues, accommodation and key partner support could be guaranteed: 7–17 July 2022. The IWGA Member Federations with sports on the programme gave their full support to delaying The World Games, and the joint decision of the IWGA and BOC Boards to adopt these new dates was unanimously approved by the federations in a video conference.

Jan Fransoo: “The IKF understands and fully supports the decision made by the IWGA and BOC to postpone the World Games until 2022, and has full confidence that the 2022 Games will be a great celebration of sports. With the Olympic Games being moved to 2021this was the most viable option to do justice to the Games in Birmingham. The IKF would like to expresses its gratitude towards everyone involved within the IWGA and BOC for the quick acting after the announcement of the IOC. Having the new dates for the event available creates clarity and enables us to look at the consequences of this decision for the international korfball competions calendar. The IKF Executive Committee will meet within the next few days to discuss the impact of the new dates for The World Games on the IKF competition calendar for 2020-2023. Also other effects of the current corona crisis will be part of that discussion.”

The new dates for Korfball in the official sportsprogram schedule are still unknown.

See: Official website The World Games 2022

[Korfball in the original program was scheduled as follows: World Games 2021 sportsprogram]

Morocco to host first World Beach Korfball Championship 2021

The IKF is extremely happy to announce that the first ‘IKF World Beach Korfball Championship’ will be held this summer in Nador, Morocco. The event will take place on 30th and 31st July 2021, pending a controlled Corona-19 situation. Subscription is open to all countries around the world.

The successful continental Beach World Cup events in Europe and Asia over the last few years have demonstrated that there is a real appetite amongst the nations for Beach Korfball. The IKF is now delighted to extend the format to the global stage by organising a World Championship for the first time. In a close bidding race with the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV), who as always presented a very tempting bid, the IKF Council decided to grant this prestigious event to the Moroccan Association for Korfball (MAK).

Jan Fransoo (IKF President): “As well as the beautiful Summer weather, the excellent facilities, and professional organisation, the positive impact that our mixed-gender sport has in Moroccan society has been particularly key in our decision to award the organisation of the first World Beach Korfball Championship to the city of Nador in Morocco. We are looking forward to working closely with the organisers in making this a great event with a positive impact.”

The award of this event comes months after an agreement that the Moroccan Association for Korfball and the Mediterranean Youth Association have made with the Ministry of National Education to develop korfball in schools. Younes Cherfaoui (MAK president): “We are very proud to be able to organise the IKF World Beach Korfball Championship and to present the beautiful city of Nador to the korfball world. The event comes at the perfect moment to showcase korfball and really use it as an accelerator for the further development of korfball within Morocco.”

 

IKF European Korfball Tour – update November

It is with great regret that the IKF EXCO has decided to cancel the IKF European Korfball Tour (EKT) Finals 2021 in February. This following the earlier decision to cancel the IKF EKT Challenger planned for January 2021.

In close alignment with the appointed host of the event, the Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV), the IKF has come to the conclusion that it is no longer sensible to continue with the preparations for the IKF EKT-Finals 2021 in The Netherlands. Looking at the current corona situation within Europe and the expectations for the months to come, it is not realistic to believe that things will improve in such a way that it is possible to successfully and safely organise the event in February.

The IKF likes to express it’s gratitude towards the KNKV for their collaboration and efforts over the last months to properly prepare the EKT-Finals in The Netherlands.

Despite of this unfortunate announcement the IKF has good hope that during the year of 2021 things will normalise and European club competitions can and will take place in 2022. You can expect more information about the European club competitions for 2021 in the first quarter of the next year.

Qualification criteria The World Games 2021 known

The IKF World Korfball Championship (WKC) 2019 in Durban, South Africa, held from 1 – 10 August 2019, will be used as a qualification tournament for The World Games (TWG) 2021 in Birmingham, United States of America.

The framework aims to have four continents present at the IWGA TWG 2021 korfball tournament. To make this happen, participants from four continents should finish in the top 11 at the IKF WKC 2019.

The final ranking at the IKF WKC 2019 decides which teams qualify for the IWGA TWG 2021, taking into consideration the following criteria.

  • If the top 8 consists of participants of at least four different continents, the top 8 qualifies;
  • If the top 8 consists of participants of three continents and the first representative of a fourth continent is ranked in the top 11, this representative qualifies together with the top 7;
  • If the top 8 consists of participants of three continents and there is no representative of a fourth continent in the top 11, the top 8 qualifies;
  • If the top 8 consists of participants of two continents and the first representative(s) of a third and/or fourth continent is/are ranked in the top 11, the representative(s) and the top 7 or top 6 qualify;
  • If the top 8 consists of participants of two continents and there are no representatives of a third and/or fourth continent ranked in the top 11, the top 8 qualifies and only two continents will be present at the TWG 2021;
  • If the top 8 consists of participants of one continent and the first representative(s) of a second, third and/or fourth continent is/are ranked in the top 11, the representative(s) and the top 7, top 6 or top 5 qualify;
  • If the top 8 consists of participants of one continent and there are no representatives of a second, third and/or fourth continent ranked in the top 11, the top 8 qualifies and only one continent will be present at the TWG 2021.

Follow korfball.sport, the WKC event page and the IKF Social Media channels for more information about the IKF World Korfball Championship 2019:

You can also find more interesting info about this WKC in Durban on www.ikfwkc2019.com and

IKF presents competition calendar 2017-2021

With the new IKF competition calendar 2017-2021 the number of (official) tournaments has increased. A clear choice have been made by the IKF Council to invest in the future of korfball by putting more emphasis on youth competition.

This means that starting from 2018 annually there will be held an Under 21 Korfball Championship, either a continental or world championship.

Apart from that the former (unofficial) Under 19 Korfball World Cup has been transformed into an official Under 19 World Korfball Championship, bi-annually organised. In the years without a World Championship Asia and Europe will have continental Under 19 Championships.

To stimulate korfball development around the globe, the Under 19 European Korfball Championship has been given an ‘Open’ status. This to provide the opportunity for countries in continents where no continental events are being organised to further develop the sport. For now the same thing counts for the Asian countries to give them the opportunity to play against the strongest European teams and keep improving their level.

The composition of the competition calendar for the seniors has remained the same as in the last years, with a yearly program for at least the top countries; a bi-annual continental championship in the even years is alternated with the World Korfball Championship and the World Games in the uneven years.

VIEW CALENDAR: IKF Global Continental Competition Overview 2017-2022 (.pdf)

 

 

World Games 2021

The president of the  International World Games Association (IWGA), Mr José Perurena, just announced (22 January 2015) the World Games in 2021 will take place in the city of Birmingham, in the state Alabama, USA; click for more info.

The 2021 edition will be the 11th World Games multi-sports event with 25+ sports, about 4,500 athletes and officials from approximately 100 countries. Korfball is on the program since 1985 in London, England.

After the first World Games in 1981 in Santa Clara, USA this will be the return to the USA.

During its meetings on 21 January 2015 the IWGA Executive Committee made a final assessment of the bids from Birmingham (USA), Lima (Peru) and Ufa (Russia), and evaluated the delegations’ final presentations. The IWGA Executive Board took the final decision on the host city for the 11th edition of this multi-sports event at its meeting earlier this morning.

The IKF congratulates the city of Birmingham and we are eager to show up with korfball in 2021 as well.

The 10th World Games take place in Wroclaw, Poland from 20 – 30 July 2017.

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The World Games 2022

The International World Games Association (IWGA) and Birmingham Organising Committee (BOC) agreed on April 2nd to postpone the 11th edition of The World Games until 7th to 17th July 2022. The Games had originally been planned to take place from 15–25 July next year in Birmingham, in the state of Alabama, USA.

The International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to move the Tokyo Olympic Games to July 2021 made a significant impact on the planning of The World Games in Birmingham. Keeping to the original dates in July 2021 would have meant excluding many athletes and officials involved in the Olympics, and would have led to a potential reduction in public and media interest. When the IOC announced its decision, the BOC urgently set about assessing what alternative dates might be viable, particularly as regards venues and accommodation. Meanwhile, the staff of the IWGA were establishing when the vital services provided by key partners, such as SwissTiming and International Sports Broadcasting, could still be made available.

It soon became clear that only one 10-day period existed in which venues, accommodation and key partner support could be guaranteed: 7–17 July 2022. The IWGA Member Federations with sports on the programme gave their full support to delaying The World Games, and the joint decision of the IWGA and BOC Boards to adopt these new dates was unanimously approved by the federations in a video conference.

Jan Fransoo: “The IKF understands and fully supports the decision made by the IWGA and BOC to postpone the World Games until 2022, and has full confidence that the 2022 Games will be a great celebration of sports. With the Olympic Games being moved to 2021this was the most viable option to do justice to the Games in Birmingham. The IKF would like to expresses its gratitude towards everyone involved within the IWGA and BOC for the quick acting after the announcement of the IOC. Having the new dates for the event available creates clarity and enables us to look at the consequences of this decision for the international korfball competions calendar. The IKF Executive Committee will meet within the next few days to discuss the impact of the new dates for The World Games on the IKF competition calendar for 2020-2023. Also other effects of the current corona crisis will be part of that discussion.”

The new dates for Korfball in the official sportsprogram schedule are still unknown.

See: Official website The World Games 2022

[Korfball in the original program was scheduled as follows: World Games 2021 sportsprogram]