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.