Korfball in the World Games

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Opening ceremony World Games 2013

The opening ceremony of the 9th World Games in Cali, Colombia took place in front of 35,000 spectators in the sold-out stadium on the evening of 25 July, another 40,000 watching the event on a large screen outside the stadium, and hundreds of thousands of Caleños celebrating the opening of the event in the streets. It’s the 1st time this multi-sport event is held on the South American continent.

The 4,500 athletes and officials coming from 101 countries from all over the world will participate in competitions in 31 sports till August 4th.

The korfball event will start July 31st and the finals will be played August 4th

The World Games korfball program online

The World Games korfball program is online.

Of course you may follow the korfball event during the World Games in Cali, Colombia through the IKF online scoring software system directly attached to the jury table in the korfball venue in Cali.

Follow the link: Korfball in the World Games 2013 in Cali

As well there is a free of charge app available to follow this and all other international korfball events on your smartphone: World Korfball for Android.

Dutch national coach resigns after the World Games

Jan Sjouke van den Bos resigns after the World Games in Cali, Colombia.

Wim Scholtmeijer will be the successor as of January 1, 2014 as the national coach of the strongest korfball nation in the world. Wim is at the moment the KNKV U23 coach.

Jan Sjouke van den Bos will continue to serve korfball and international korfball in another function within KNKV, the Royal Dutch Korfball Federation. He will be master coach to develop even further the level and quality of training- and coaching programs. Special attention in his work will be the increase in the competiveness for the top korfball countries and the increase in the number of countries that challenge the so called A-countries; The Netherlands, Belgium and Chinese Taipei.

Van den Bos serves as Dutch national coach since 1999; he is 14 years in his job. He was the first full time bondscoach in The Neterlands. He has an enormous list of championship results: 3 times IKF World Korfball Champion, 3 times IKF European Korfball Champion and so far 3 times gold in the World Games. Another gold medal in Cali Colombia on August 4, 2013 would give a 10th title as national coach.

(Source: KNKV)

Portugal announces World Games selection

Isabel Teixeira, national coach of Portugal, announced the list of players for the korfball tournament of the World Games, due to be held from 31 July until 4 August in Cali (COL).

Men:

Bruno Amaral (CCCD)
Guilherme Luz (NCB)
João Campilho (CCCD)
Júlio Ruivo (NSC)
Miguel Costa (CIF) (capitão)
Tiago Luz (CCCD)
Pedro Correia (NCB)

Women:
Ana Cordeiro (NCB)
Isabel Almeida (CIF) (sub-capitã)
Joana Faria (NCB)
Joana Oliveira (NCB)
Luíse Costa (NCB)
Sílvia Silva (CasCC)
Tânia Alves (CCCD)

Source: sapo.pt

Great Britain Squad announced for World Games 2013

England Korfball’s senior Head Coach, Dave Buckland has selected on behalf the British Korfball Association (BKA) a squad of 14 players that will travel to Cali, Colombia in the summer of 2013 to compete in the ninth edition of the World Games.

The Great Britain Korfball squad for the 2013 World Games features a number of experienced Internationals including Captain Tony Woodvine (Trojans KC) as well as first time call-ups for Nottingham’s Jess Beale and Kingfisher’s John Denton.

GB Squad list in full:

Females: Aimee Evans (Bec), Carla Bennett (Norwich Knights), Jess Beale, Hannah Lorrimer (Nottingham), Steph Allen, Neala Brennan and Amy Turner (Trojans).

Males: Andrew Hall, Davesh Patel (Bec), John Denton (Kingfisher), Charlie Vogwill (Norwich Knights), Joe Bedford (Nottingham), David Brooks and Tony Woodvine (Trojans).

(source: EKA)

World Games Korfball 2013

During the International Korfball Federation Executive Committee April 21st 2013 meeting the IKF Exco made a draw to establish the pools for the Korfball Event during the World Games. The World Games will take place in Cali, Colombia between 24 July and 4 August 2013. The Korfball Event will be played from 31 July to 4 August 2013

The World Games is the most important korfball event in the IKF’s 2013 calendar.

The result of the draw is:

POOL A POOL B
1. The Netherlands Belgium
2. Great   Britain Chinese   Taipei
3. Portugal Russia
4. Czech   Republic Germany

The teams in all four lines were drawn with each set of two teams based on the current IKF Ranking.

Cali korfball community developing

The Cali (COL) korfball community is gradually growing and developing. While on an inspection visit for The World Games, which are due to be held in Cali (COL) this Summer, IKF President Fransoo met with local korfball developer Mr Pedro Sanchez, and attended a training session of some of the Cali players.

Currently, the total community is still small, and consists of about 35 players, mostly students of various universities in Cali. The main limitations are the availability of a space to practice, and the lack of korfball knowledge. However, during the visit, the IKF signed an agreement with the Escuela Nacional de Deporte and the Sports Administration of the City of Cali to work together to develop korfball, as a legacy to The World Games korfball presence. As part of the agreement, the city will make available a permanent outdoor space for training and playing. The space, in one of the sports parks at a central location in the city, will allow thousands of Calenos to watch and experience korfball. Further, the IKF will work with the END to educate korfball coaches, such that korfball could be included in the elective course program of END, and the coaches could work with Cali’s 22 communities to teach korfball to kids across the city.

Mundialista Coliseum construction on track, but schedule remains tight

On a visit to Cali (COL), host city for the upcoming edition of The World Games, IKF President Fransoo was fully briefed by the Cali Local Organizing Committee CLOC. The main purpose of the visit was to obtain an update of the status of preparations for the korfball tournament, which is to be held from July 31 until August 4 at the Mundialista Coliseum. The Mundialista is a brand-new venue that is currently under construction. The start of the construction has been delayed several times over the past year, but started on February 1, 2013. The construction is still on schedule to be completed by June 15, 2013.

As is common in Colombia, the coliseum consists only of specatator stand, a court, and a roof on poles. To take advantage of natural cooling by wind, none of the facilities in Cali have walls, and neither does the Mundialista. The Mundialista is located on the premises of the Instituto Universitaria Escuala Nacional de Deporte. The END is the only dedicated sports university in Colombia and is well-equipped with full support facilities, including a gym, physiotherapy facilities and staff, and sports medical facilities and staff. As korfball will be the only sport played at the END during the World Games, all facilities will be available prior and during the tournament for the korfball athletes and their staff.

The Mundialista will be equipped with a floor that is well-known to many korfball athletes and fans: SportCourt. SportCourt was also the floor on which the final of the IKF World Championship 2003 was played in Rotterdam.