After more than a decade, South Africa will finally host a showpiece tournament again.
The International Netball Federation (INF) confirmed the Mother City would hold the 16th edition of the quadrennial tournament.
“The INF was delighted to receive exceptional bids from two very strong netball countries,” said INF president Molly Rhone, after Cape Town had been locked in a bidding war with Auckland.
The New Zealand netball federation had hoped the tournament would form part of its centenary celebrations in 2023.
Rhone, however, said the INF board had felt Cape Town would offer greater value to the sport in terms of local and global development.
While New Zealand had previously hosted the World Cup on three occasions, the tournament had never been held in Africa.
“The 2023 Netball World Cup has the potential to transform the lives of women and girls across the region, the country, the continent and the world,” Rhone said.
According to the bid committee, the tournament would cost around R68 million to organise, and it had a potential economic impact of R2.5 billion.
South Africa was also set to make history by becoming the second country, after England, to host the football, rugby, cricket and netball World Cup events.
This article was published by The South African,
and written by Alexis Haden.
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