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I am very disappointed not to be with you today to represent World Netball. COVID-19 restrictions have made it impossible. However, I and my World Netball Board colleagues will all be with you virtually to celebrate the announcement of the dates for the Netball World Cup 2023 in Cape Town, South Africa.  This is a special moment as it’s the first time that the Netball World Cup has been held in Africa.

World Netball was delighted to receive an outstanding bid to host the event from Netball South Africa and we are confident that it will be a spectacular success.  We are pleased at the excellent progress that has been made so far in planning the event and look forward to seeing the World’s best netball players battle it out to be crowned World Champions in 2023 against the backdrop of the stunning city of Cape Town.

The Netball World Cup, as netball’s flagship event, brings together 16 of the world’s top teams and has been held every 4 years since 1963 and Cape Town 2023 will not only provide an exceptional platform for elite competition but be a catalyst for the growth of netball on the continent.

World Netball recognises the significant contribution of all stakeholders in the planning and delivery of this event and extends special thanks to the City of Cape Town as the Host City, the Western Cape Province, the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Netball South Africa, and Netball Africa.

We know that that Netball South Africa and all the event partners will create a vibrant and inspiring World Cup that aligns with the World Netball’s vision to create a better world through netball, while building on the sports female-focused foundations and welcoming all to Cape Town in 2023.

We look forward to being with you in Cape Town for this very special event which, in two years’ time, will showcase the very best of our sport to the world.  Thank you Cape Town, and thank you South Africa.