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International Korfball Federation largely cancels 2020 International Calendar

In an extraordinary meeting of the IKF Executive Committee, joined by the Vice-Presidents for Asia and Oceania, the International Korfball Federation has decided to largely cancel or postpone its 2020 international competitions. The global spread of the Covid19 epidemic effectively precludes many international competitions to be held, and creates so much financial and organizational uncertainty to hosts and competitors that many decisions to cancel events can no longer be postponed.

The U21 World Korfball Championship (Taipei, TPE), Asian Korfball Championship (Seoul, KOR), European Korfball Championship/A (Antwerp, BEL), and European Korfball Championship/B (Wroclaw, POL) have all been postponed to 2021.

In coordination with the IKF, the Royal Dutch Korfball Association has decided to cancel the U17 Korfball World Cup (Eindhoven, Netherlands), and U15 European Korfball Championship (Drachten, Netherlands). Both events had been patronaged by the IKF.

Decisions with regard to the Beach Korfball World Cup (The Hague, Netherlands) and Asian U16/U19 Korfball Championship (Udon Thani, Thailand) have been deferred to a later date. The qualifying round for next year’s Europa Cup has also been canceled, and the IKF will review the situation for next year’s Europa Cup and Europa Shield in light of the developments of the various national leagues in Europe. Most European countries have suspended their leagues until further notice.

Jan Fransoo, President: “The IKF is very sad having to take this decision, which was inevitable. Foremost, the health and well-being of all athletes, officials and fans is our first priority. In addition, hosts are currently facing high financial risks and we need to enable them to develop contingency plans early on. We are in close contact with our major event organizers and will be in touch with all event hosts over the next few weeks to further discuss the consequences for the 2020 and later events”

This decision, along with the earlier decision of the International World Games Association to postpone The World Games to 2022, will have major consequences for the entire competition calendar of the IKF for 2021, 2022, and potentially 2023. The Executive Committee in its meeting today reviewed all options and will consult with host cities and other stakeholders over the next few weeks. It is expected that the revised competition calendar for the upcoming years will be announced before the end of April. Decisions with regard to next year’s Europa Cup and Europa Shield will be made latest by July 1, 2020. The final decision with regard to the Beach Korfball World Cup will be made not later than June 1, 2020.

 

IKF Asia U19 & U16 Korfball4 Championships 2020

The IKF Asia U19 & U16 Korfball4 Championships 2020 will take place  from 29 March to 4 April 2020* in Udon Thani, Thailand. Matches will take place in Udon Thani Hall, Central Plaza.

Organized by Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT) and IKF Asia.

4/2/2020) -Latest rules announcement available on: korfball.com.tw/news-detail.php?id=337

(*) 8/2/2020 – The IKF Asia Executive Committee has decided to postpone the 4th IKF Asia U16 & U19 Korfball4 Championship due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus in China and the subsequent developments in Asia and the rest of the world. Read more detailed info about this tournament and further events in Asia on the following link ► korfball.sport/?p=23463



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IKF postpones Asia U19 & U16 Championship in Thailand

The IKF Asia Executive Committee has decided today to postpone the 4th IKF Asia U16&U19 Korfball4 Championship, which was due to be held in Udon Thani (Thailand) from 29 March until 4 April 2020.

In the past weeks, the IKF Executive Committee, the IKF Competitions Committee, the IKF Asia Executive Committee and the IKF Asia Competitions Working Group, in close collaboration with the Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT), have monitored the developments in relation to the outbreak of the Coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China and the subsequent developments in Asia and the rest of the world.

While Thailand currently still faces a very limited number of identified infection cases, the situation has had a major impact on public life in the host country of the Championship. Moreover, many flights in the region have been canceled, making travel more difficult.

Given this situation, the IKF Asia Executive Committee yesterday has decided to postpone this championship until further notice. This decision has been made in close coordination with the KAT and the IKF. It is currently too early to announce new dates. We will remain in close contact with the KAT to review the situation.

We realize many U19/U16 national teams have spent considerable time and effort preparing for the event to be taking place later this month, but at this stage this is the only possible decision to take, in the benefit of the players, both in terms of potential health risks, and in terms of the overall championship experience.

Further events in Asia later this year: IKF U21 World Korfball Championship in Chinese Taipei

The IKF are aware of the international concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, largely impacting China but also being detected elsewhere. It is important to note that, unlike Thailand,  Taiwan is an island that is physically separated from the China mainland and the local authorities in Taiwan have imposed a ban on anyone entering who has resided or visited mainland China in the 14 days before arriving in Taiwan. For those that are allowed to enter, they have imposed strict health check requirements at all international airports for passengers from mainland China and ask all other foreign visitors to undertake a health check for heightened temperatures and symptoms associated with the virus. None of public authorities of the U21 IKF WKC countries have imposed travel bans to the island of Taiwan due to this outbreak and officially a limited number of cases have been detected on the island of Taiwan.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and will keep the communication lines open, but at this stage we expect that all precautions are being taken and that the U21 IKF WKC will proceed as planned. We encourage all countries to take out travel insurance as should occur for travel to any international event. Furthermore, we strongly advise you to book flights to Taipei that do not connect in mainland China or Hong Kong, but travel on a direct flight from your home country or from Europe. We expect to provide further updates by the end of March.

KAT reveals the logo of the 4th IKF Asia U16 & U19 Korfball4 Championships 2020

Korfball Association of Thailand revealed the logo for the upcoming IKF Asia U19 & U16 Korfball4 Championships 2020. This is the 4th edition of this Korfball4 event which is going to take place in Udon Thani (provincial capital city in Northeast Thailand) from 29th March to 4th April 2020. Matches will take place in Udon Thani Hall, Central Plaza.

 

(4/2/2020) Latest rules announcement available on: http://www.korfball.com.tw/news-detail.php?id=337

 

Event info: https://korfball.sport/event/ikf-asia-u19-u16-korfball4-championship-2020

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IKF and CTKA sign 2023 WKC hosting contract

IKF President Jan Fransoo and CTKA President Edward Huang have signed the hosting contract for the 2023 IKF World Korfball Championship. The Championship will likely be held in October 2023, with the exact dates to be confirmed later. The contract allows for up to 20 countries to take part – the IKF Council will decide next year on the number of countries (16 or 20) and will then also decide on the quota for each continent.

The CTKA won the right to host the 2023 IKF World Korfball Championship beating the Netherlands and the Cezch Republic earlier this year. The bid was extensively supported by the Mayor of City of Taipei and the Sport Administration of Chinese Taipei. Following the awarding of the hosting right, the CTKA requested permission from the IKF to change the location of the 2020 U21 IKF World Korfball Championship from Hsinchu to Taipei. The IKF approved this change. This implies that the venue of the U21 WKC and the venue of the first and second round of the WKC will be the same, allowing for extensive testing of certain concepts for catering and venue management to be tested next year. A key element of the bid was that the hotel and the venue would be within walking distance; already next year that will also be the case. The semi-finals and finals of the WKC will be played in Taipei’s Heping Arena.

While in Taipei, President Fransoo also met with Director-General Kao of the Chinese Taipei Sports Administration, Deputy Mayor Tsai of Taipei City, and Sports Commissioner Lee of Taipei City. All reconfirmed their extensive support for both events. Extensive initial discussions were held regarding the involvement of schools in the event, and the commitment of media for the event.





Previous articles related to the IKF WKC 2023:

Chinese Taipei wins the IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019

Congratulations to Chinese Taipei after beating China 23-5 in the IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019 Final played today in the Chinese city of Shaoxing. Hong Kong won the Bronze medal game against New Zealand (14-9), and all 4 teams are officially qualified to play the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played in 2020 in Chinese Taipei. The last participant team, Thailand, ended in 5th place.

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From 20 to 25 May 2019, the Chinese city of Shaoxing hosted this U21 qualifying tournament, organized by the Chinese Korfball Association.

You can review all final results, top scorers and all the statistics on ► www.worldkorfball.sport

 

 

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More images, videos and pictures can be found on IKF social media profiles:

► Facebook.com/korfball.org
► Twitter.com/korfball
► Instagram.com/korfball_org

Hashtags: #u21AOKC #korfball

Images by Toby Tsui, Pardeep Dahiya and @Shootitnews.

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IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019: Finalists known

Pool games have ended at the IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019. Chinese Taipei has won all its games and will play against China the IKF U21 AOKC 2019 Final tomorrow at 15:30. Hong Kong and New Zealand will play for Bronze medal earlier at 13:30 (local time). The last participant team, Thailand, has ended in 5th place.

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From 20 to 25 May 2019, the Chinese city of Shaoxing is hosting this U21 qualifying tournament for the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played in 2020 in Chinese Taipei.

All tournament’s information can be found on the following link ► korfball.sport/?p=19329

UPDATED RESULTS, SCORERS & STATISTICS:

You can follow all results, scorers and statistics on ► www.worldkorfball.sport

OFFICIAL MATCH SCHEDULE:

IKF event site ► korfball.sport/event/ikf-u21-aokc/#tab-id-2

PARTICIPANT TEAMS (5)*:

Chinese Taipei, China, Hong Kong China, New Zealand and Thailand. (*Sri Lanka, unfortunately, had to withdraw in the last moment).

VENUE:

Shaoxing Sports Center Address: No.1, Tushan Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China.

Share your moments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #U21AOKC!

More info on IKF social media profiles:

► Facebook.com/korfball.org
► Twitter.com/korfball
► Instagram.com/korfball_org

Hashtags: #u21AOKC #korfball

Images by Toby Tsui, Pardeep Dahiya and @Shootitnews.

The IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019 has started!

The IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019 (IKF U21 AOKC) has started in the Chinese city of Shaoxing. From 20 to 25 May 2019, national U21 teams of Chinese Taipei, China, Hong Kong China, New Zealand and Thailand will play to qualify for the next IKF U21 World Korfball Championship that will be played in 2020 in Chinese Taipei.

The Chinese Korfball Association is the organizer of this event.  All tournament’s information can be found on the following link ► korfball.sport/?p=19329

UPDATED RESULTS, SCORERS & STATISTICS:

You can follow all results, scorers and statistics on ► www.worldkorfball.sport

OFFICIAL MATCH SCHEDULE:

IKF event site ► korfball.sport/event/ikf-u21-aokc/#tab-id-2

PARTICIPANT TEAMS (5)*:

Chinese Taipei, China, Hong Kong China, New Zealand and Thailand. (*Sri Lanka, unfortunately, had to withdraw in the last moment).

VENUE:

Shaoxing Sports Center Address: No.1, Tushan Road, Yuecheng District, Shaoxing, Zhejiang, China.

Share your moments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #U21AOKC!

More info on IKF social media profiles:

► Facebook.com/korfball.org
► Twitter.com/korfball
► Instagram.com/korfball_org

Hashtags: #u21AOKC #korfball

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Images by Toby Tsui, Pardeep Dahiya and @Shootitnews.

IKF WKC 2023 bidding status

The IKF Executive Committee received three (3) bids from IKF member countries as potential organisers of the IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 (IKF WKC).

The bids came from (in alphabetical order) Chinese Taipei, Czech Republic and The Netherlands.

All three bids are received in time and look promising. The challenge is to make the bids even better in the months ahead of us.

The IKF Exco appointed a committee of three (1) to evaluate the bids, (2) to support the countries in further development of the bids, (3) prepare a report for the IKF Exco and the IKF Council and (4) guide the countries towards a formal presentation on day 2 of the IKF Congress Tuesday 6 August 2019 in Durban, South Africa. The presentations are open for all korfball involved persons present in Durban, except for all representatives of the three bidding countries. The IKF Council will evaluate the presentations and the report in its meeting Wednesday 7 August 2019. Based on these evaluations the IKF Council will take a decision. The decision will be made public in the IKF General Meeting Friday 9 August by Jan Fransoo, IKF President.

The evaluation committee of three consists of Joana Faria, Gert Dijkstra and Frans Walvis (as chair).

Participants IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship 2019 known

From 20 to 25 May the IKF U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Championship (AOKC) is being held in Shaoxing, China. Today, the IKF announces the countries who will be participating in Shaoxing. This tournament functions as a qualification for the IKF U21 World Korfball Championship 2020 in Chinese Taipei. Which positions in the final ranking equal qualification will be announced later.

At the IKF U21 AOKC, six countries will be participating to become the U21 Asia Oceania Korfball Champion. These countries are:

  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong China
  • New Zealand
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand

The games can be followed through the live scores on worldkorfball.sport.

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