Netherlands Retains World Youth Korfball Champion; Taiwan is On the Way to the World...

Sat Nov 8, 2008 2:32pm EST

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Netherlands Retains World Youth Korfball Champion; Taiwan is On the Way to the World Games 2009

KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan--(Business Wire)--
The Netherlands held on to the world youth korfball championship
for the fifth consecutive time since the quadrennial tournament was
launched in 1994. The Netherlands retained its title under-23 korfball
teams after defeating the hosts Chinese Taipei 23-11 in the finals of
the 2008 World Youth Championship in Kaohsiung. The Dutch team was
grabbing more rebounds and shooting more accurately from medium and
long range (see free pool photos at www.pts.org.tw/wg2009).

   Taiwan recorded its best performance ever in the history of the
youth korfball despite having to settle for a silver medal after it
lost to the Netherlands. The match against the Netherlands was the
only one that Taiwan lost in the competitions. The eight-day
championship began last Saturday as part of a pre-event series, The
World Games will be held in July 16-26 of next year in Kaohsiung.

   The Kaohsiung Organizing Committee (KOC) will be hosting the 8th
World Games, and 31 sports will be included: Air Sports, Archery,
Billiards, Body Building, Boules Sports, Bowling, Canoe Polo, Dance
Sport, Fin Swimming, Fistball, Flying Disc, Gymnastics, Ju-jitsu,
Karate, Korfball, Lifesaving, Orienteering, Powerlifting, Racquetball,
Roller Sports, Rugby, Sports Climbing, Squash, Sumo, Tug of War, Water
Ski, Dragon Boat, Handball, Softball, Tchoukball and Wushu.

   International World Games Association (IWGA) President Ron
Froehlich noted that the 2009 World Games is expected to draw more
than 5,000 athletes from over 100 countries, and will be the first
international multi-sport competition Taiwan has ever hosted. KOC
partakes in promoting The World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, and to sell
international media distribution rights. The Opening and Closing
Ceremonies and daily 30-minute highlights will be transmitted as
global pool via satellites at free of charge.

   The host city Kaohsiung is an "Ocean Capital," an economically
prosperous international metropolis, and is constantly undergoing
improvements to be on par with international standards, providing
visitors a memorable experience. The pivotal location of Kaohsiung
Harbor in the Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia makes it a key
international harbor, while the Kaohsiung International Airport
provides service routes to many countries around the world. Together
the harbor and airport enable business travelers and tourists easy
access to and from Kaohsiung.

Public Television Service, Taiwan
Anthony Lin, Representative, +886-7-331-5227
Fax: +886-7-337-3565
wg2009@mail.pts.org.tw
www.pts.org.tw/wg2009

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