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South Africa bid to host 2023 Netball World Cup

South Africa have submitted their bid to host the 2023 Netball World Cup. Tokozile Xasa, The Sports Minister, headed a strong delegation to Singapore last to submit the bid. Netball South Africa President, Cecilia Molokwane, is confident that South Africa will host the world event. We wait to hear the final decision in March 2019.

2023 Netball World Cup

The 2023 Netball World Cup

Should South Africa succeed with the Netball World Cup bid, it will be the first time that the Netball World Cup is hosted on African soil. This bid to host the WC will also be a historic first for the sport in SA and Africa as a whole. Also bidding to host the world cup is the Four-time world champions New Zealand.

The 2023 World Cup bid predictions estimate about 120 000 additional visitors are expected to travel to the SA host city. This translates into a financial injection in excess of about R2.5 billion to SA’s economy.

Netball World Cup

The 16-team tournament is hosted in one city, with the event not going beyond 10 playing days. The event features 60 games which will be broadcast live worldwide.

Cape Town is the city acknowledged as the prime host city destination. However, Blanche de la Guerre, NSA chief executive, said that the bid team was in debates with representatives of all South Africa’s leading cities.

“It’s a bid that has a lot of potentials that goes beyond the sport because it is one that voices to SA and by Africa, where netball has a great participation and spectators following. It speaks to the fineness in females’ sport and additionally celebrates women in society,” said De la Guerre.

Netball SA

NSA president, Cecilia Molokwane was active in the movement to take netball to the people. And also she was at the front of the ‘Fill up Ellis Park’ movement, which was a sold-out Ellis Park Stadium for the Quad Sequence.

She said that South Africa, as exemplified by the hosting of the Rugby, soccer, the Cricket World Cup and also with the African Cup of Nations is the perfect sporting destination. Netball as a sporting code in SA has made huge progress in the past five years, and the launch of the Brutal Fruit Premier League also reinforced the excellence of the national squad.

South Africa’s national team, the Proteas, fused their fifth-place world ranking in 2018. And also in the last year they have beaten and drawn with the Commonwealth champions England. The Proteas also did come within few points of a spectacular upset against New Zealand and Australia prior in the year. Check out for more!

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