4th IKF Asia Korfball Championship 2016 commenced in Jaipur, India 26 August 2016.
The host nation played their first match against the reigning Asian champion Chinese Taipei. The defending champions took no time as they opened the scoring in the very first minute of the match. Chinese Taipei raced towards a 16-8 lead at the half-time. And going with the flow they finished the match 21-12. The top scorers of the match were Shu-chi Chang for Chinese Taipei and Pardeep Dahiya for India with 5 and 4 goals respectively.
In the second match of the day Hong Kong China played the debutant team Sri Lanka. The experienced team sailed past the Lankans with the score line reading 30-1 in the favour of Hong Kong China.
There were 4 matches scheduled. The morning session began with Hong Kong China up against China. China started the game brightly and made a nice lead of 5 goals in the 15th minute. Hong Kong China reacted and reduced the deficit to 2 goals at the half time. After the interval the game went neck to neck until the last minute. The scores were tied until the 31st minute. China had a golden chance to wrap the game moments before the final whistle but they missed a penalty. The game finished 13-13 after full time. The match went on in Golden Goal, Tsz Fung LUK of Hong Kong China scored the golden goal. The match ended 14-13 in favour of Hong Kong China.
In the second match of the day Chinese Taipei had no difficulty defeating the new comers Sri Lanka. The match ended one sided with the score line of 38-9 in the favour of Chinese Taipei.
The formal opening of the tournament also took place on Saturday. The Chief Guest was IKF President Dr Jan Fransoo and the Guest of Honour was Honorary Life Time President of IKF Asia Mr M.C. Gupta. There were many dignitaries present at the function, Dr. Inglish Huang, IKF Asia President, Mr Tilbert La Haye, CEO IKF and Dr. Pramod Sharma, Co-chairman IKC were some who graced the event with their presence. The chief coordinator of the ceremony was the IKC Chairman Mr Dilip Kumar.
Another highly significant match of the day started with the hosts India up against their counterparts China. India started well and took a quick lead of 3 goals. Scores at the half time were 7-5 in favour of India. China took no time in responding in the second half and gained a 1 goal lead at the end of the 3rd quarter with the score of 10-9 in China’s favour. The score line read a little against the run of play as India were dominating the match. The 4th quarter was a total one sided affair as China gave the hosts no chance to get back in the match. The score line ended 15-10 in favour of China.
In the last match of the day the defending champions were up against Hong Kong China.
This was the second match of the day for Taipei and they made no fuss about it as they strolled past Hong Kong China with a score line reading 27-9 in favour of Chinese Taipei.
The top scorer of the match was Ken Lin from Chinese Taipei with 6 goals.
The day ended with exciting matches and the biggest moment of the day was the Golden Goal match.