South Africa outjumps New Zealand to land 2023 Netball World Cup
South Africa is to host the 2023 Netball World Cup, the first time that the tournament will be held on the African continent.
Cape Town in South Africa was chosen ahead of Auckland in New Zealand to stage the sport’s global event, the International Netball Federation announced today.
The governing body said that both countries had presented “exceptional bids.”
The 2023 World Cup, the 16th edition, will take place entirely at the International Convention Centre in the centre of Cape Town.
This year’s tournament will be held in Liverpool in England from 12 to 21 July.
Auckland previously hosted the World Cup in 1975 and 2007.
In a statement, Molly Rhone, the INF president, said: “We were delighted to receive two exceptional bids and the INF Board was satisfied that both Netball New Zealand and Netball South Africa would be capable of hosting a successful and thrilling NWC2023. The INF Board decided that the significant investment that the South African Government and Western Cape were prepared to make over the next four years in netball facilities and coaching programmes in South Africa, the African continent and beyond would deliver a greater impact on the development of global netball.
“It is an exciting time for netball right now. Our sport is growing in popularity at an unprecedented rate throughout the world. There is increasing competitiveness between the top nations and now three teams from Africa feature in the top 10 of the INF World Rankings. We look forward to working with the Organising Committee to bring the INF’s most important event to South Africa in 2023.”
The last World Cup was held in Sydney in Australia in 2015, and won by the host country, which beat New Zealand in the final and boasts a record 11 titles.