THE INTERNATIONAL Korfball Federation (IKF) tied up with UST to host the first nationwide korfball conference at the Quadricentennial Pavilion from May 15 to 17.

Dubbed “2014 Korfball: Sport for All," the conference promoted korfball as an alternative sport in Philippine academic institutions. UST is the only school that offers korfball as a physical education course.

The three-day event was attended by nearly 100 participants, including physical education teachers, sports leaders, administrators, and students from different schools.

Hong Kong-China Korfball Association Chairman Warman Cheng and IKF Level IV Coach Ivan Lee Wing Hung gave lectures on the history of the sport as well as rules and refereeing during the first two days of the event. Demonstrations from members of Hong Kong Korfball team followed. Tournaments were held on the last day of the event.

The Philippine Korfball Federation was also launched as the 61st member of the IKF during the closing ceremonies. Sports leaders who attended the conference were also recognized as Level I coaches by IKF-Asia.

Korfball, a European tactical team sport with similarities to basketball, was introduced in the Philippines in 2006. The goal of the game is to shoot the ball in a bottomless basket without dribbling, running or walking with the ball. Angelica P. Abello

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