The IKF Council voted on 6 November 2015 for the country and city of the 11th IKF World Korfball Championship. The two bidders New Zealand and South Africa made their presentations to the IKF Council and other korfball delegates in the room. The session was open to all delegates.
IKF president, Mr Jan Fransoo, opened the envelope with the vote result Saturday 7 November 2015 immediately following the IKF General Meeting in Antwerp, Belgium. All over 70 delegated present in the IKF General Meeting took the message and within one minute after the announcement the first messages were on social media as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
The president of the South African Korfball Federation, Mr Les Williams (left on the photo), reacted very positive on the announcement; “South Africa and South African korfball are ready to prepare an excellent event in four years time.”
The winners of the bid for the 11th IKF World Korfball Championship in 2019 in Durban, South Africa.
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.