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Chinese Taipei wins the IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022

The 11th IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship that took place in Pattaya City, Thailand, from 28th November to 4th December 2022, has its final champion: Chinese Taipei. All the other 7 qualified countries from Asia and Oceania that will participate in next year’s IKF World Korfball Championship are also known after Sunday’s results: TPE, CHN, AUS, NZL, IND, JPN, HGK and THA.

 

This was a qualifying event for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 to be played in Taipei. [Download Press event booklet here]. From Asia and Oceania, 7 countries were able to qualify for the WKC 2023 (in addition to the host country), among which at least one Oceanian country. [Read more about qualification]

IKF ASIA YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM PLAYLIST:

*Click on the top-right icon ≣ to view all games scheduled

All fans around the world were be able to watch and follow this tournament live on www.worldkorfball.sport and on Youtube (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play, …).

The Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT), in collaboration with the IKF, was the organiser of this important championship, the largest AOKC event ever held with 12 teams participating.

The teams of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand battled it out in two groups of six (drawn based on world rankings) before cross over matches make for an exciting final weekend where all teams were still be contention to qualify for next year’s World Championship.

DAY 7 REVIEW – Finals (4/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

On the final day, with a series of ranking games, play started early.

First up Indonesia and Malaysia played off for ninth position. Although out of the qualification places, ninth at this tournament is first reserve for the 2023 Korfball World Championship, so some hope for the winner. Both teams worked hard, despite this being the end of a tough week. Malaysia prevailed by 16-7 and will be waiting for the call if one of the qualifiers is not able to make it to Taipei next year.

Thailand and Hong Kong China met to determine seventh place. A close game showed how much the host has improved through the tournament: their IKF ranking is 20 places lower than their opponent, though most of the way through the scoreboard suggested we were heading for golden goal. In the end, Hong Kong China did just enough to complete victory: 9-8.

Next up, India versus Japan was a rematch of a pool game from day two of the tournament, where India showed that, despite several years of absence from international korfball, opponents need to take them seriously. India led most of the way, though never by more than two, and at the end that was the difference: 12-10. Fifth place capped a successful return to this tournament for India, while now sitting sixth in the region, Japan falls back one place from the ranking they achieved in 2018.

Despite being neighbours and close korfball friends, New Zealand and Australia have not met in a full senior international match since 2010. With the bronze medal at stake today, nerves and fatigue from a tough week got the better of New Zealand early, and they failed to find the energy that had served them well to date. By the time they clicked into gear, Australia’s lead was too great, and the more experienced Australian team was able to withstand a comeback to take the bronze medal by 16-11.

In the final, perennial Asia-Oceania champion Chinese Taipei showed that, despite winning all their games with ease, they have played so far this week with power to spare, lifting their game with increased precision in attack and sustained excellence throughout the team for a spectacular crowd pleasing performance to overcome their neighbour and rival, China, by 29-17.

DAY 7 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

 

DAY 6 REVIEW – Semi-finals (3/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

With the top four teams in this tournament decided yesterday, today and tomorrow will determine which others fill the next four ranking positions and therefore assure qualification to the 2023 World Korfball Championship.

India faced Indonesia in the first game, intent on celebrating their comeback to international korfball after a long absence with a seat at the top table. While the first half was tight and tense, India moved up a gear in the second half to win the game comfortably, 25-8, therefore securing qualification and participation in the world championship for the first time since 2011, a whole generation ago in terms of korfball talent.

Hong Kong China and Japan both participated in the 2019 world championship, having finished fourth and fifth respectively in 2018’s  edition of this tournament, and are both intent on building on that in 2023. They met to decide which will definitely advance. Hong Kong China led for much of a game dominated by defence and characterised by nerves in attack. Although Hong Kong China seemed to have overcome their disappointment at missing a top four place yesterday, the margin was always small and Japan stayed positive to take the lead late in the game, holding firm to win by 10-9. Japan celebrated their qualification and a chance to play for the fifth ranking this week, while Hong Kong China has one more chance tomorrow to make it into the top eight.

Thailand and Singapore met to determine which will keep their opportunity to qualify for the world championship alive into the last two days. Singapore has yet to win a game, while Thailand achieved that milestone yesterday. Encouraged by that success, the host established a comfortable first half lead, which they built on further for a final scoreline of 21-6, putting into practice what they have learnt in their earlier games. While Singapore became the first team that will definitely not proceed to next year’s world championship, they are young players and their first international experience has set them up for a positive future in korfball.

Malaysia and Philippines met in the day’s final game. Again the loser would be removed from contention for a place in the World Korfball Championship. Malaysia has shown plenty of promise at this tournament, and with a young and determined team, is establishing the foundation required if it is to become a serious future contender. Philippines is at an earlier point in its korfball development. Malaysia steadily built a lead to confirm it remains in contention for qualification, winning by 17-6, while Phillipines must be content to play off for 11th place.

DAY 6 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

 

MORE DAILY REVIEWS AND IMAGE GALLERIES FROM DAYS 1 TO 5 HERE: https://korfball.sport/?p=29716

 

LIVE STREAMS, RESULTS & SOCIAL MEDIA

All fans around the world were be able to watch and follow this tournament live on www.worldkorfball.sport and on Youtube (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play, …).

HOW TO FOLLOW

The official profiles of IKF Asia on Facebook, Instagram and Yotube provided a lot of images, videos and information about this tournament.

All teams, participants and fans could join the conversation and share their content and support using the hashtag #AOKC2022 and #korfball.

IKF Asia profiles – @IKFasia:

You could also follow the event on IKF’s main channels:

 

EVENT INFORMATION

Event information can be found here: https://korfball.sport/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship-2022/

The IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship 2022 is on: daily updates here

[Last update: 3/12/2022 at 13:30 CET – Day 6 finished] – From Monday 28th November to Sunday 4th December 2022, the 11th IKF Asia-Oceania Korfball Championship is taking place in Pattaya City, Thailand. This is a qualifying event for the next IKF World Korfball Championship 2023 to be played in Taipei. [Download Press event booklet here]

From Asia and Oceania, 7 countries will qualify for the WKC 2023 (in addition to the host country), among which at least one Oceanian country. [Read more about qualification]

IKF ASIA YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM PLAYLIST:

*Click on the top-right icon ≣ to view all games scheduled

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ17-0N9UUQgnQM60uIz0aYCGnZeVgRM8

 

 

All fans around the world will be able to watch and follow this tournament live on www.worldkorfball.sport and on Youtube (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play, …).

The Korfball Association of Thailand (KAT), in collaboration with the IKF, is the organiser of this important championship, the largest AOKC event ever held with 12 teams participating.

The teams of Australia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand will battle it out in two groups of six (drawn based on world rankings) before cross over matches make for an exciting final weekend where all teams will still be contention to qualify for next year’s World Championship.

DAY 5 REVIEW (2/12/2022)

DAY 6 REVIEW (3/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

In the first two games of the day the two remaining qualification places were at stake. Indonesia ranked number 32 by IKF met number 34 ranked Thailand in the first match. Although Indonesia is a longer standing participant in international korfball, that pedigree is balanced by the professionalism that Thailand has brought to this tournament, both as the host and from an exciting, talented team that has grown steadily through a week of competition. Those were the telling factors and Thailand won the match by 15-8 to book their spot in the Korfball World Championship next year.

Hong Kong China, a participant at the previous three world championships, was intent on confirming their place in the 2023 edition. In the day’s second match, to determine the eighth and final qualifier from this tournament, Malaysia stood in their way. Both teams started tentatively before Hong Kong China discovered more shooting accuracy than they have found in the previous two days, and better parity in the rebound, managing to prevail, at last, with reasonable comfort by 17-6.

Next up, in the first semi final, New Zealand, fighting for a medal for the first time in an Asia Oceania Korfball Championship, took on the might of Chinese Taipei. Playing with greater intensity than they have so far this tournament, the long time champion took their game up a gear at critical points in the game, leaving New Zealand behind, to stroll into the final by 27-12. Despite losing this game, after starting the tournament as the sixth ranked participant, New Zealand will be content with a shot at the bronze medal.

In what promised to be the most interesting game of the day, Australia was determined to produce an upset against China, which is nine places higher on the IKF rankings. Although Australia pushed hard, and threatened a comeback late on, China established an early lead and was able to dictate terms from that point, winning by 22-17 to secure a place in the final and validate its IKF ranking.

Making their final appearance at this tournament, repeating a pool game they played on day three, Singapore and Philippines contested the day’s final game, battling for this tournament’s eleventh ranking. Both have made progress through the week, and to their credit, managed to finish with a competitive match, despite the intensity both have expended to this point. With a final score of 18-11 Philippines repeated their victory from three days ago, both teams marking an improvement from that 11-8 win.

DAY 5 REVIEW (2/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

With the top four teams in this tournament decided yesterday, today and tomorrow will determine which others fill the next four ranking positions and therefore assure qualification to the 2023 World Korfball Championship.

India faced Indonesia in the first game, intent on celebrating their comeback to international korfball after a long absence with a seat at the top table. While the first half was tight and tense, India moved up a gear in the second half to win the game comfortably, 25-8, therefore securing qualification and participation in the world championship for the first time since 2011, a whole generation ago in terms of korfball talent.

Hong Kong China and Japan both participated in the 2019 world championship, having finished fourth and fifth respectively in 2018’s  edition of this tournament, and are both intent on building on that in 2023. They met to decide which will definitely advance. Hong Kong China led for much of a game dominated by defence and characterised by nerves in attack. Although Hong Kong China seemed to have overcome their disappointment at missing a top four place yesterday, the margin was always small and Japan stayed positive to take the lead late in the game, holding firm to win by 10-9. Japan celebrated their qualification and a chance to play for the fifth ranking this week, while Hong Kong China has one more chance tomorrow to make it into the top eight.

Thailand and Singapore met to determine which will keep their opportunity to qualify for the world championship alive into the last two days. Singapore has yet to win a game, while Thailand achieved that milestone yesterday. Encouraged by that success, the host established a comfortable first half lead, which they built on further for a final scoreline of 21-6, putting into practice what they have learnt in their earlier games. While Singapore became the first team that will definitely not proceed to next year’s world championship, they are young players and their first international experience has set them up for a positive future in korfball.  

Malaysia and Philippines met in the day’s final game. Again the loser would be removed from contention for a place in the World Korfball Championship. Malaysia has shown plenty of promise at this tournament, and with a young and determined team, is establishing the foundation required if it is to become a serious future contender. Philippines is at an earlier point in its korfball development. Malaysia steadily built a lead to confirm it remains in contention for qualification, winning by 17-6, while Phillipines must be content to play off for 11th place.

DAY 5 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)


DAY 4 REVIEW (1/12/2022)

DAY 4 REVIEW (1/12/2022) – By Rob Smith

Today’s Asia Oceania Korfball Championship matches established the top four, who have all now qualifed for the 2023 Korfball World Championship. Outside those places, a further four will also receive the invitation, and none of the remaining eight in Pattaya City are yet excluded as the last three days will determine their success, or otherwise. 

Hong Kong China and New Zealand have been close korfball rivals for many years. Today’s first match, setting the two against each other, was the final pool game for each and would determine which progressed to this tournament’s top four. Both defended with great determination, though struggled to overcome the tension of the occasion when on the attack. Goals were difficult to come by, particularly in the first half. Eventually New Zealand’s rebounding superiority was reflected on the scoreboard, establishing a lead that they preserved with focus and careful clock management. The 11-7 result means they will play for the medals and have assured qualification to the world champs, while Hong Kong China, which currently has a superior IKF ranking to New Zealand, will fight for fifth place at best in the crossover games.

Thailand and Malaysia featured in the day’s second match, with the host still in search of their first win. Two even teams, showing their athleticism, determination and korfball skills in advance of their relative inexperience, they have both been an asset to this tournament. However, once again scoring was slow as the tension threatened to overwhelm the players. However, Thailand established a lead that they never gave up, albeit that Malaysia fought back to one goal down and threatened to force golden goal at the end. Unlike their last second victory over India, this time Malaysia was not able to come through for a win, giving Thailand their first ‘W’ of the week, and their first ever victory in an international tournament match, by 9-8, which elevated them above Malaysia in the pool standings on the basis of this result for an easier path to the top eight.

Singapore is also without a win, with perhaps their best opportunity so far in the day’s third game, where they took on Indonesia. While world championship qualification is still an opportunity for both these teams, they will need to make significant improvements in the coming days to bring that about. Indonesia showed the most benefit from the lessons of the past three days, taking their second win of the tournament 10-6.

In the next match, two of the higher ranked teams, Japan and Australia, faced off. With their longer korfball pedigree, Australia was determined to put yesterday’s Pool A loss to Chinese Taipei behind them, and confirm their place in the top four. They duly built an advantage on the scoreboard that Japan never looked likely to threaten, winning by 15-7 to confirm they will also have a rest day tomorrow ahead of the crossover games, where they will contest the medals, and like their Oceania neighbour has now qualified for the 2023 world championship,while Japan still has further work if they are to take one of the remaining qualification positions.

Chinese Taipei met India in the day’s fifth game. After a relatively low scoring first half, the defending champion put on an exhibition for the spectators, and issued a strident warning to the other teams that will contest the medals, escalating the score rapidly to give India their harshest reminder thus far on their return that international korfball has progressed since they have been away. Final score: 36-11, which was  immaterial in terms of next year’s world championship qualification since Chinese Taipei qualify automatically as the host.

Having already won Pool B, China met Phillipines to complete the day’s matches, and the round robin section of the tournament. The game was never in doubt and the world’s number four ranked korfball nation prevailed comfortably by 24-7. China has also sealed qualification.

The top four will sit out tomorrow’s play ahead of semi finals on Saturday, while the other eight teams play crossover games to narrow down which will finish ranked between five and eight and therefore book trips to Chinese Taipei next year.

DAY 4 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 3 REVIEW (30/11/2022)

DAY 3 REVIEW (30/11/2022) – By Rob Smith

Day three’s first match was contested by New Zealand and Indonesia. New Zealand played efficiently, scoring regularly, while defending impressively to keep their opponent scoreless, the first time a team at this tournament has ended the game with zero goals, for a 26-0 result.

Hong Kong China played with spirit in the next match, though were unable to stay close to China, who kept an even tempo, albeit relatively low scoring, to comfortably prevail by 14-8, making it near certain they will win Pool B, and setting up the Hong Kong China versus New Zealand match tomorrow as the decider for the other semi final position from that side of the draw. 

After the two teams concerned experienced heartbreak and heroics respectively against India yesterday, the next match, between Japan and Malaysia, was crucial for the prospects of each. Malaysia fell short of the intensity they brought yesterday, while for Japan their loss firmed their resolve. Neither team could really gain any scoring rhythm, and the tournament’s lowest scoring game so far ended with Japan the victor by 11-4.

Unbeaten in Pool A, and now near certain to advance to the medal matches, Chinese Taipei and Australia was the next game. World third ranked Chinese Taipei has not lost to 13th ranked Australia for 16 years, and although most meetings between the two longest standing rivals at this tournament are genuine contests, this was not the day for Australia to break that streak. Once again they made Chinese Taipei work, though once again the Asian champion proved stronger, winning by 23-10.

India and Thailand were up next: India keen to move on from their final second loss yesterday afternoon, while despite some encouraging performances, the host has yet to record a win. Two of the most physical teams at the tournament, bringing all their commitment made for a game with several injury breaks, and defence generally on top at each end. Another low scoring game finished at 16-9 to India, meaning Thailand is still hunting its first win.

Also hunting their first win, though with one guaranteed to achieve it, Singapore and Philippines were next. A close contest played in good spirit saw both applying some of the lessons they have learnt over the first two days of the tournament up against the more experienced teams here. In the end Philippines was ahead by 11-8, to record their first win this week, and their first at this tournament, having lost every game at the previous Asia Oceania Korfball Championship, where they made their debut.

Appearing for the second time today in Pool B were both China and Indonesia in the day’s penultimate match. Both showed the effects of three games of international korfball over the preceding days in a match that never really took off, though China was able to keep their game opponent at bay, recording a 21-4 victory to remain unbeaten at the top of Pool B.

Also each playing their second game of the day, Chinese Taipei and Japan were today’s final contestants, the former comfortably maintaining their unbeaten run at this and all Asia Oceania tournaments for the past 16 years, underlining their position as favourite for another gold medal this week with a 22-9 victory.

Tomorrow’s games, rounding out pool play, promise to proceed with less certainty: several of the matchups are far less easy to predict than today’s eight games as final positions in the pool, and chances at qualification for next year’s World Korfball Championship are at stake for several teams. It promises to be an interesting day.

DAY 3 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 2 REVIEW (29/11/2022)

DAY 2 REVIEW (29/11/2022) – By Rob Smith

In the first match on day two of the 11th Asia Oceania Korfball Championship, Japan faced India. Japan was unable to match the uncompromising aggression of their opponent, falling behind from the start and never re-gaining enough ground, to finish the game in deficit at 10-15, A result that shows how close Pool A will be.

Australia and Malaysia were next to take the field, and as in their game yesterday, Australia started slowly before finding the measure of an athletic though relatively inexperienced opponent.

Thailand took on the Asian champion Chinese Taipei in the third game. Although the host team was not overawed by their decorated opponent, fighting to the end, the big difference in score was an accurate indication of the pedigree of the champion next to the inexperience of a nation playing at this level for the first time. 

Hong Kong China and Indonesia was the first Pool B game of the day. This one also followed the form guide, with Indonesia working hard but falling short of a higher ranked opponent, for a final score of 18-6.

New Zealand has contested the past four editions of this tournament, three more than their opponent today, Philippines, and the final score reflected the gulf between the two: 27-8, the second time in two days that New Zealand has been in a game with 30 goals, this time on the positive side of the score line.

China and Singapore provided even more goals, though the match was the most one-sided so far. Again Singapore fought valiantly, though are unable to counter the craft, skill and strategy of more seasoned teams. China has been beaten start to the tournament continues, score: 41-2.

In complete contrast, India versus Malaysia was the closest game of the tournament so far. Malaysia managed to counter the fierce style of India, staying close in a low scoring game, that was decided in spectacular fashion with a final second effort by Eu Ginn Wong: an almost golden goal to break Indian hearts and put Malaysia in prime position for a top eight finish by 11-10.

Returning for the day’s final game, the hosts again put up a spirited performance against a much more experienced opponent, before suffering their third loss. This time it was Australia that defeated Thailand, recording a third victory in two days, this by 18-11, while their opponent has yet to win. 

DAY 2 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

DAY 1 REVIEW (28/11/2022)

DAY 1 REVIEW (28/11/2022) – By Rob Smith

A record 12 teams are participating in the 11th Asia Oceania Korfball Tournament this week at the Eastern National Sports Training Center, Pattaya, Thailand.

For the pool matches, games are 32 minutes, packing eight games per day into the first three days of a heavy schedule.

In the tournament’s first game Singapore, in their first ever match at this level, was unable to compete with Hong Kong China, who won comfortably by 31-6.

China and New Zealand contested the second game, and after a competitive first quarter, the Asian giant, ranked fourth in the world, managed to assert their dominance over their Oceania opponent for a 23-12 victory.

Next up, also in Pool B, Indonesia and Philippines showed athleticism and purpose, though fewer goals than the first two matches, in a contest that ended with Indonesia prevailing by 11-6.

Australia took awhile to click into gear against India, which was playing for the first time in international korfball for several years. Due to this absence, India has fallen to the number 47 world ranking. Despite losing by 18-8 to Australia, India showed enough to suggest they will move back up once this tournament is completed and the year’s rankings are calculated.

After a colourful opening ceremony, where the athletes were welcomed by a troop of young traditional dance performers, Thailand and Japan took to the field. The host country, also playing at this level for the first time, showed their exciting potential in a keen and fiercely fought contest with Japan, which is ranked at number 16 in the world, 18 places above Thailand. Although Japan notched a 16-12 win, Thailand reinforced the belief that they will also contest a top eight place at this tournament.

Malaysia and the defending Asia Oceania champion Chinese Taipei were the final two teams to make their first appearance for the week, playing an entertaining game that featured an athletic effort by a fresh Malaysian team, showing that, if they can find their shooting range, they will trouble several of the more highly ranked teams this week. Nevertheless, the world number three was never in doubt for the win, taking it out by 20-5.

Back into action for the second time in a long day, New Zealand eased to their first win of the tournament, overpowering Singapore by 23-1. New Zealand’s female players accounted for over half the team’s goals, and with two heavy losses, Singapore’s first day in international korfball should prove a big learning curve.

Also back for their second game of the tournament, Hong Kong China and Philippines finished off the day. Hong Kong China again proving too strong for a less experienced rival, again making a strong start, and only easing up on their rival towards the end in a game that finished 16-6.

DAY 1 IMAGE GALLERY RECAP (by Krit Suttipithuk)

LIVE STREAMS, RESULTS & SOCIAL MEDIA

All fans around the world will be able to watch and follow this tournament live on www.worldkorfball.sport and on Youtube (with live results and streams, statistics, scorers, play-by-play, …).

HOW TO FOLLOW

The official profiles of IKF Asia on Facebook, Instagram and Yotube will try to provide as many images, videos and information as possible from this tournament.

All teams, participants and fans can join the conversation and share their content and support using the hashtag #AOKC2022 and #korfball.

IKF Asia profiles – @IKFasia:

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PREVIOUS INFORMATION

PRESS CONFERENCE (22/11/2022)

The qualified countries from Europe and Africa are already known after the 4 tournaments played during the last months: the AAKC North-West and South and the EU WKC Q-A & Q-B.

The other qualifying event still to be played togeher with this AOKC is the Pan-American Korfball Championship, that will take place in Buenos Aires at the end of December.

The Eastern National Sports Training Center in Pattaya is ready to host this exciting championship, that can be followed live on www.worldkorfball.sport (more info and links below)

 

EVENT INFORMATION

Event information can be found here: https://korfball.sport/event/ikf-asia-oceania-korfball-championship-2022/

IKF lift suspension of the Korfball Federation of India

The Council of the International Korfball Federation has decided to lift the suspension of the Korfball Federation of India (KFI) with immediate effect. The decision follows extensive reforms that have taken place in the governance of the KFI, and these governance changes have been found to be in line with the requirement of the IKF and the Sports Code of India.

The KFI was suspended by the General Meeting of the IKF in November 2015 following extensive governance problems in the longest-playing korfball country in Asia. In the new governance structure, active korfball athletes are now at the heart of governance, with only states that actively develop korfball now eligible to retain their right to vote in the KFI General Meeting. Further, the voting powers of all others, such as Founder Members, have been removed.

President Mishra of the KFI has committed himself to now focusing on korfball development in the South Asian nation. IKF President Fransoo and IKF Asia President Huang wish Mr Mishra every success in his endeavours and hope to see India develop competitively such that it can reach a top-10 position in the world again. Until 20 years ago, India was among the ten strongest countries in the world when governance problems started to hamper the development of the mixed-gender team sport.

International Korfball Federation largely cancels 2020 International Calendar (Updated)

Update 22 April 2020

In alignment with the KNKV, the IKF had decided to cancel the IKF Beach Korfball World Cup (Europe 2020), which was planned for 7-8 August 2020 in The Hague, The Netherlands.

The Dutch government has announced that the ban on (sport)events in The Netherlands has been extended to 1 September 2020, which automatically means that no event can take place in August. The IKF will not look for another date in 2020 for this event.

Although this announcement probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you following the earlier cancelation of IKF events, it is still a sad moment. However, the IKF would like to thank the Royal Dutch Korfball Federation (KNKV) for their preparational work

Update 4 April 2020

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 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.





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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.