The first World Beach Korfball Championship is due to be held this year ©IKF

Morocco has been chosen to host the first World Beach Korfball Championship later this year.

The International Korfball Federation (IKF) Council voted to grant Nador in Morocco the right to stage the event, with the Royal Dutch Korfball Association also bidding.

It is scheduled to take place on July 30 and 31, if the coronavirus pandemic allows.

"As well as the beautiful summer weather, the excellent facilities, and professional organisation, the positive impact that our mixed-gender sport has in Moroccan society has been particularly key in our decision to award the organisation of the first World Beach Korfball Championship to the city of Nador in Morocco," said IKF President Jan Fransoo.

"We are looking forward to working closely with the organisers in making this a great event with a positive impact."

The IKF has held Beach World Cup events in Europe and Asia, which inspired the decision to launch the World Beach Korfball Championship and continue to promote the beach version of the sport.

Moroccan Association for Korfball (MAK) President Younes Cherfaoui expressed hope that the event can be a catalyst for korfball's development in the nation.

"We are very proud to be able to organise the IKF World Beach Korfball Championship and to present the beautiful city of Nador to the korfball world," Cherfaoui said.

"The event comes at the perfect moment to showcase korfball and really use it as an accelerator for the further development of korfball within Morocco."

Last year, MAK and the Mediterranean Youth Association reached an agreement to Ministry of National Education to develop korfball in schools.