Cape Town has won the right to host the Netball World Cup in 2023, making South Africa the first African country to hold this prestige.
South Africa beat Auckland, New Zealand, to host the Netball World Cup to be held in 2023. Had New Zealand won the bid, hosting the tournament would have marked 100 years since the first official netball game was played in their country.
This announcement came from the International Netball Federation (INF) President Molly Rhone, on Thursday, 7 March 2019, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. This is also the proposed venue for the tournament.
This announcement comes shortly after Netball South Africa (NSA) lost its main sponsor of the local league, Brutal Fruit, after the five-year contract came to an end. NSA has since been struggling to secure a new sponsor and resell its naming rights. With this announcement, NSA hopes that this will excite the local corporate bodies into sponsorship and adopting the naming rights.
The Department of Sport and Recreation, alongside NSA, has estimated that hosting this event will cost about R68 million and is expected to generate approximately R2.5 billion, as the country is expected to host about 120 000 visitors. This anticipated boost in the economy could also mean good news for the country’s netball players. To date, first team players only receive a R5 000 allowance and get an additional R500 when they play an international match.
The tournament will be a ten-day event with 16 nations playing 60 matches in Cape Town.