On April 21, ZZU hosted the Founding Conference of International Korfball Competition and The First Peak BBS of Korfball International Communication and Cooperation. In attendance at the conference were Dr. Jan Fransoo, IKF President, Dr. Inglish Huang, Vice President of IKF and President of IKF Asia, Ben Crum, the former President of Coaches Committee of IKF, Keith Rotenberg, CEO of Royal Dutch Korfball Association (KNKV), Guo Qilin, Vice President of IKF Asia, Millermi Lange Hoxter, Sports Physical Therapist of Dutch Korfball National Team, Zheng Weimi, Secretary-General of IKF Asia, He Yi, Superintendent of Korfball, from Social Sports Guidance Center of General Administration of Sports of China, and President Liu Jiongtian, Vice President Zhang Qianhong, and Vice President Liu Guoji etc.
At the conference, Vice President Zhang Qianhong announced the decision of IKF about ZZU’s opening International Korfball Research Center.
President Liu addressed the conference, pointing out as of 2005, ZZU began to develop korfball, playing an exemplary role in many fields, turning korfball into a project of special in ZZU. This University team has participated in all kinds of the national and international events, giving full expression to ZZU korfball ethos which is unyielding, high-spirited, hard-striving and courage-first.
President Jan Fransoo spoke highly of the efforts and achievements by the coaches and players of ZZU korfball, wishing ZZU could play a role of leadership in promoting korfball, thus laying a solid foundation for the future of korfball in China.
Superintendent He Yi extended her warm congratulations to the opening of ZZU International Development Research Center, pointing out a bright prospect for the event, wishing this conference a great success.
At the conference, President Jan Fransoo and President Liu jointly unveiled the nameplate of ZZU International Korfball Development Research Center. President Liu awarded the appointment letter to Ben Crum as visiting professor in ZZU, as a sign of sincere appreciation for his consistent contribution to promoting korfball in China.(translator Song Gencheng)