IKF joins Olympic Channel

MADRID (SPAIN) / ZEIST (THE NETHERLANDS) – 19 June 2018 – The Olympic Channel and the International Korfball Federation today announced that they have reached agreement regarding the Olympic Channel. The Olympic Channel further announced in total eight sport governing bodies and multi-sport organizations will collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel. The eight new cooperation agreements bring the number of the global platform’s federation partners to 75.

Olympic Channel federation partners include international sports federations (IFs), recognised federations and organisations, multi-sport organisers and non-recognised federations.

“The Olympic Channel provides a platform for the promotion of all sports and athletes within the Olympic Movement,” said Mark Parkman, General Manager of the Olympic Channel. “We look forward to working together to help expand the reach of these sports and events through the creation and distribution of content targeting a worldwide audience.”

“The IKF will further increase awareness for korfball, as multi gender team sport, in the world of sports and within the Olympic Movement. We are keen to cooperate with this platform and distribution channel”, mentioned Frans Walvis, IKF Senior-Vice President.

In addition to collaborating on live events, the Olympic Channel actively works with its federation partners to present event coverage, highlights, magazine shows, news coverage and original programming providing an additional platform to distribute content that are complementary to current broadcast and distribution arrangements.

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform destination where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at 


 About the Olympic Channel

The Olympic Channel is a multi-platform global media destination where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. Offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in 11 languages. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone, Toyota and Alibaba. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at

About the International Korfball Federation

The IKF is the korfball sport governing body since 1933. The IKF has 69 member countries all over the world; in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Korfball is unique over 85 years as mixed gender team sport.

The IKF is recognised by the IOC since 1993. The IKF is member of the Association of Recognised Sports Federations (ARISF), The Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) and the International World Games Federation (IWGA).

Korfball is program sport in the World Games ever since 1985.

The IKF is available via and

Further you can follow the IKF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Olympic Youth Development Centre includes korfball in program

The Olympic Youth Development Centre in Zambia will include korfball into its official program. This was announced by Mr Clement Chileshe, Director of the Centre, at the closing ceremony of the 3rd IKF All-African Korfball Championship held in Lusaka last week.

The multi-sport complex in Lusaka, Zambia, was estsblished in 2010 as part of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Sport for Hope Programme. The Centre welcomes on average 10,000 children and young adults per month, with currently 16 sports on the program. The facility is unique in the region. It includes football, netball, and hockey pitches outdoors, an indoor multi-sport hall, and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The Centre runs both sport-for-all programs, which reaches out into the less developed areas of Lusaka, and elite training programs for international and Olympic-level athletes.

From now on, the Centre will be the training venue for the Zambian national korfball team, and will conduct an outreach program in the area. The Centre also welcomes teams from other countries in the Southern African region. Apart from netball, which is the second largest sport in the country, korfball will be the only sport on the program that does not yet feature on the Olympic program.

The IKF and IKF Africa are very happy to be associated with the Centre, as it provides a clear opportunity to develop korfball in Zambia and the greater region, and provides opportunities for regular training for the Zambian elite korfball players.

African Korfball Championship to be contested at Olympic Center in Zambia

With only a few days to go, teams are finalizing the preparation for the IKF All-Africa Korfball Championship in Zambia. South Africa and Zambia will contest the first match of the event on August 6, which will conclude with the finals played on August 8. The full match schedule is available in our event listing.

For the first time ever, four teams will participate in the IKF All-African Korfball Championship. Clear favorite for the title is the reigning champion South-Africa, having won all previous events on the continent. Vice-champion Zimbabwe will however be a firm rival, having just finished an extended training camp lead by their technical director Riko Kruit. Host country Zambia and newcomer Malawi complete the pack. The four countries will contest the African title to secure a single spot in next year’s World Championship in Belgium.

This is the third edition of the event. The first edition was held in South Africa in 2006, while the 2010 edition was hosted in Zimbabwe. On both occasions, only two teams took part with South Africa crowned as champion on both occasions.

The venue for the event is the Olympic Youth Development Center in Lusaka, Zambia. The IKF is pleased for the event to take place in this venue that was funded by the International Olympic Committee.