U21 World Korfball Championships 2018 down to two continents

With the late withdrawal of Dominican Republic, the 2018 U21 World Korfball Championships to be held in Budapest this July sees representatives only from Europe and Asia after first failing to have an African country taking part.

In the IKF's original documents about global and continental championships it is mentioned that for this edition of the U21 World Korfball Championships we would see one representative of the Americas and one from Africa. The final list of participants failed to show an African country and now fast rising star Dominican Republic is taking a plunge with a retraction of their participation with the reason that their sponsor, the national government, fails to pay their trip.

Turkey seems to be the first country to benefit from the lack of African participants as they are missing on our original shortlist of participants. Also we expected to see Catalunya as a participant, instead it's Germany that takes part in this event. IKF chooses not to put a replacement for Dominican Republic due to the obvious reason that it's too late for another country to properly prepare for this event.

We have player lists of some of the participants below. As we get more, we add them to this article. All player names are written in first name - last name format.

Group A

Belgium

This is the definite selection of Belgium as revealed by Belgian Club Riviera. The greatest Belgium talent of this decade, Thomas Thijs, is part of this group. We are looking forward to seeing him play. Siele Jochems, Saar Seys and Taïssa Vervoort were dropped in favour of Famke Wuyts for the women, while with the men Quinten Engels and Seppe Engels were dropped in favour of Arne van Damme.

women

  • Riet Duytschaever
  • Amber Engels
  • Jiska Frensch
  • Elke Ledent
  • Lisa Pauwels
  • Tine Pirquin
  • Famke Wuyts

men

  • Wouter Cooremans
  • Arne van Damme
  • Niels Delbeke
  • Levi van den Dycke
  • Axel van Genechten
  • Jarre de Ley
  • Thomas Thijs

Czech Republic

We are looking for the squad members.

England

Newly appointed head coach Joe Sterling chooses the following list of players for this squad. Interesting for us is that less than half of the squad is recorded to have previous international experience.

women

  • Annie Boyd (KV)
  • Emily Cocker (Norwich Knights)
  • Caitlin Fitzgerald (Bec)
  • Eleanor Parker (Tornadoes)
  • Elise Sparks (Tornadoes)
  • Ellie Summers (KV)
  • Daisy Tighe (Harrow)

men

  • Billy Ashby (Bec)
  • Jacob Dawes (Tornadoes)
  • Joshua Dawes (Cambridge Tigers)
  • Frank Dunn (Norwich Knights)
  • Laurie Fabian (Cardiff City & Met)
  • Flynn Picot (KV)
  • Marcus Tighe (University of Nottingham)
  • Lawrence Wicks (Norwich Knights)

Hong Kong

The Hong Kong China Korfball Association is kind enough to send us their squad. These are the names.

women

  • Ching Yu Chan
  • Ka Ki Ho
  • Wing Ka Lam
  • Tsz Ching Leung
  • Hiu Ying Tsui
  • Sze Yu Wong
  • Tsz Shan Wong
  • Ka Yi Yau

men

  • Chin To Chau
  • Pok Ho Chong
  • Kwok Kin Chui
  • Kai Yiu Fong
  • Tsz Wing Lam
  • Tsz Chung Lee
  • Tzs Hong Man
  • Sung Pan Tse

Netherlands

According to the official team page on the site of the Dutch Korfball Federation, this is the squad for this championship with Kees Vlietstra as head coach.

women

  • Sanne Alsem
  • Roos van Groen
  • Lindsy Krop
  • Kim Petersen
  • Lieneke Pries
  • Sanne van der Werff
  • Saskia van der Zee
  • Brett Zuijdwegt

men

  • Kevin Dik
  • Tim Flokstra
  • Terrenc Griemink
  • Arjen van Houwelingen
  • Joren van Nieuwenhuijzen
  • Koen van Roekel
  • Carlo de Vries
  • Leander Zwolle

Group B

China

The China Korfball Federation is kind enough to send us their squad. The players come from Zhengzhou and HuangHai university. The coach for this championship is Xiangcheng Ma. Here are the names of the players.

women

  • Yuran Fu
  • Yan Gao
  • Yahao Gao
  • Jiao Ma
  • Siying Wang
  • Qiufang Wei
  • Qiurui Wu
  • Jinqiang Zhai

men

  • Litian Cao
  • Shuaitan Hu
  • Bingwei Jiang
  • Bo Peng
  • Xiayuan Wang
  • Zhixing Wang
  • Xin Yao
  • Lingpeng Zhu

Germany

We are looking for the squad members.

Hungary

We are looking for the squad members.

Portugal

The organisation of the championship announces on Facebook that this is the squad selection for Portugal.

women

  • Maria Nunes
  • Catarina Correia
  • Catarina Frade
  • Celise Ribeiro
  • Beatriz Guita
  • Carina Escórcio
  • Cherlei Jaló
  • Tamara Tavares

men

  • Sebastião Condado
  • Hugo Fernandes
  • Rafael Moutinho
  • Olavo Pereira
  • Vasco Diniz
  • Guilherme Dias
  • Frederico Noronha
  • Tomás Lourenço

Taiwan

Below is the group that will play at the Taiwan Open, according to the Chinese Taipei Korfball Association. This group will also go to Budapest.

women

  • Shu-Chi Chang
  • Wan-Yun Chien
  • Ya-Hui Cho
  • Hsin-Yu Feng
  • Kai-Yeh Lo
  • Chien-Ai Ma
  • Yu-Ting Sun
  • Min-Chian Wu

men

  • Chia-Chuan Chang
  • Yu-Cheng Chen
  • Han-Sheng Chiu
  • Tzu-Shun Huang
  • Tsu-Yao Huang
  • Hsi-Yun Pan
  • Yi-Liang Tseng
  • Kun-Yeh Yu

Turkey

We are looking for the squad members.