Netball World Cup an Economic Boost to the Country

B Abrahams

We believe that by hosting the 2023 Netball World Cup this will boost the interest and determination of South African women in sports. The hosting of this international sporting event will inspire most girls who want to pursue any sport as a career. International Netball Federation president Molly Rhone, recently announced that South Africa will be the host for the 16th edition after this year's event in Liverpool, England. This means South Africa will become the first country in the continent of Africa to stage the 16-team competition.

The event will be held over 10 days and will feature 60 matches. South Africa beat four-time world champions New Zealand for the hosting rights for the quadrennial showpiece. The tournament is expected to attract 120 000 visitors to Cape Town for the tournament which is projected to inject in excess of R2.5 billion into the country's economy. This is a monumental achievement as South Africa is the first country to have hosted the Soccer World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and the Rugby World Cup, and will now add the netball showpiece to the list. We believe this event will not be an economic boost for the Western Cape only, but for South Africa as a whole. It is also a massive portfolio feature for the country's ambition in hosting world-class, global events.

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