China Korfball presents awards to Crum, IKF and IKF Asia

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the introduction of korfball into China, the Chinese Sport Ministry and the Chinese Korfball Association honored many that contributed to the development of korfball in the world’s most populous nation.

Ben Crum, IKF Senior Advisor, was awarded the title of Honorary Life Coach of the Chinese National Korfball Team. Crum, who was part of the introductory mission in 2004, has conducted over the past decades many coaching courses in China, has coached the national korfball team at the World Championship in 2011 in Shaoxing, and has advised the current coaches Ma and Liu over a long period of time. Crum was touched by the recognition: “This means a lot to me”.

Furthermore, awards were presented to the IKF (represented by President Fransoo, who also lead the introductory mission in 2004) and IKF Asia (represented by President Huang, who was also part of the delegation of the introductory mission) for the extensive support over many years and the commitment of both organizations towards the development of korfball in China.

In addition, a number of national korfball leaders were recognized, of which the most well-known is Mr Guo Qilin, who arranged the introductory mission and subsequently supported and initiated many korfball activities in China.

The event took place in Zhengzhou, where also the 6th national korfball championship was held.


The World Games 2025

The 12th edition of The World Games will be held in Chengdu (CHN) from 7-17 August 2025. While 35 sports are on the programme, 61 disciplines and 254 medal events will fill up the action-packed ten-days of competition.  korfball

Eight competition clusters will use a total of 28 venues having state-of-the-art infrastructures. The Chengdu 2025 Organising Committee has proposed sports facilities that are up to the highest international standards, promising optimum conditions for some of the world’s best 4000+ athletes who will be participating in The World Games 2025.

The World Games is a multi-sport event held every four years that features around 35 sports on its programme. 5,000 participants from more than 100 countries are expected to take part in this 12th edition. The latest World Games were hosted by Birmingham, Alabama (USA) in 2022.

The korfball teams qualified for TWG 2025 following the latest round of matches at the IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 held in Taipei City.

  • Belgium
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Suriname

Beach Korfball will also be played at The World Games 2025 for the first time in addition to the main Korfball event. Qualification for the TWG 2025 Beach Korfball will be announced following the completion of the IKF World Beach Korfball Championship 2024 that took place in Pattaya and the upcoming IKF Beach Korfball World Cups in Europe and Asia during this 2024.

The IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 was used as the only qualification event for The World Games 2025 indoor korfball discipline. There are eight qualification places available for TWG 2025. The framework aimed at having four continents representing Korfball at the TWG 2025 out of the five Continents represented in the IKF WKC 2023 – Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania.  

To make this happen, participants from four continents should finish in the top-11 at the IKF WKC 2023. Therefore, the final ranking at the IKF WKC 2023 decided which teams qualified for TWG 2025.  The final qualification place will be decided by the IKF Council before December 2024 taking the interest of quality of the competition, global representation, and marketing impact into account.

For more information on The World Games 2025, please visit The World Games 2025, Chengdu (CHN) | IWGA. Search #TWG2025 and #RoadtoChengdu for the latest updates on social media. 

 The World Games 

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association, organised with the support of the International Olympic Committee. The World Games 2022 was held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 7-17 July 2022. 3,600 athletes from 34 sports and 100 countries took part in the Games. The 12th edition of The World Games will be held in Chengdu, CHN, 7-17 August 2025. 

More information:

#TWG2025 ► The World Games 2025 in Chengdu (TWG website – official info)