Gabi Kool, left, has been appointed executive vice-president of the IKF ©IKF

Gabi Kool has been appointed executive vice-president of the International Korfball Federation (IKF).

Kool's tenure is effective immediately and, in the role, he will be responsible for the governing body's Digital and Marketing Committee, plus the and Olympic Format Committee.

The position also sees Koll join the IKF Executive Committee, which he will become chair of from June 1.

IKF President Jan Fransoo will remain President of the IKF Council until the completion of his current term in 2023, which he has announced will be his last, but will leave the Executive Committee on June 1.

"It is my great pleasure to join the Executive Committee and support the IKF’s global ambition to grow our sport across the world and connect the korfball community of athletes, fans, national federations, sponsors and Organising Committees via the latest digital strategies and solutions," said Kool, who hails from The Netherlands.

Gabi Kool is set to take over as chair of the IKF Executive Committee from June 1 ©IKF
Gabi Kool is set to take over as chair of the IKF Executive Committee from June 1 ©IKF

"Building on our heritage and great work done under Jan’s leadership over the past decades, developing new and exciting formats with appeal to also the younger generation and the Olympic movement, I am looking forward to contribute to such goals and help lead the IKF in this journey."

The Royal Netherlands Korfball Association has announced its intention to nominate Kool as a candidate for the IKF Presidency at the next General Meeting of the global body, which is due to be held in October 2023 during the World Korfball Championship.

"The IKF is extremely fortunate to have been able to secure the leadership, experience of Gabi to lead the global korfball community towards its next phase of development," said Fransoo.

"Combined with his passion for our sport, and his ability to connect personally to our member federation, large and small alike, he is the best possible leader to help realize our ambitions."