The International World Games Association yesterday accepted the proposal of the IKF to include beach korfball as a second korfball discipline in the program of The World Games in 2025 in Chengdu, China. This inclusion implies that apart from (indoor) korfball in an 8v8 format, that has been included in every single edition of The World Games since 1985, also beach korfball will be included in a 4v4 format. The inclusion of beach korfball is a direct consequence of the overall success of our full gender-balanced team sport in the recent editions of The World Games in Birmingham, Wroclaw and Cali, and the successful inaugural edition of the first World Beach Korfball Championship in 2022 in Morocco. In both korfball disciplines, 8 teams will participate.
The IKF is delighted with this decision by the IWGA. IKF President Fransoo: “Beach Korfball has been developing rapidly over the past years. Smaller teams and the ability to play this anywhere, make the discipline accessible to everyone. Moreover, the gender-balanced nature of korfball fit very well with the beach culture. Beach korfball is as fast and dynamic as indoor korfball, but with matches of just 2*8 minutes, and typically many goals being made, a single 90-minute spectator session can easily accommodate 4 matches with all being decisive. Together with the IWGA and the Chengdu organizing committee, we plan to create a festive atmosphere in the beach stadium at TWG 2025. The inclusion of beach korfball will provide an opportunity for many more of the IKF Member countries to qualify for The World Games.”
Korfball features again in the program of The World Games 2025 in Chengdu
During yesterday’s IWGA Annual General Meeting in Madrid, the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International World Games Association unveiled the programme for the 12th edition of the Games. Korfball will continue its appearance since 1985 (the 2nd edition of TWG in London). Since then, korfball has been included has taken part in every edition.
Jan Fransoo reelected for a second term in the ExCo of the IWGA
The president of the International Korfball Federation, Jan Fransoo, was confirmed as Executive Committee member of the International World Games Association for a 2nd term during this IWGA AGM 2023 in Madrid. With 7 candidates for four positions, he received extensive support from the membership, with 23 out of the 31 voting Federations supporting him already in the first round of voting.
José Perurena (ICF) was re-elected as the President, Tom Dielen (WA) as the new Vice President and Lukas Hinder contniues as the Treasurer. Executive Committee members for the new term: Anna Arzhanova (CMAS), Volker Bernardi (WFDF), Jan Fransoo (IKF), and John Liljelund (IFF).