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Netball World Youth Cup Cancelled

Minister for Sports Parveen Bala backs INF decision, looks forward to hosting other international events.
21 Mar 2021 10:29
Netball World Youth Cup Cancelled
Newly appointed Fijian Pearls head coach Jenny Brazel with the national and Fijian Under-21 players during their coaching clinic in Suva on March 14, 2021. Photo: Sereana Salalo

The International Netball Federation (INF) has announced its decision to cancel the Netball World Youth Cup 2021 (NWYC) which was scheduled to take place from December 2-11 in Suva.

This difficult decision was made by the INF Board at their meeting on March 12 after taking into consideration all the risks related to hosting the event during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic with the safety and wellbeing of participants and the Fijian population at the heart of the decision.

INF, in consultation with the Fijian Government, the NWYC Organising Committee (OC), and the 20 netball nations who had qualified to take part, identified significant Covid-19 related challenges surrounding the event.

INF president, Liz Nicholl CBE, said it was with a heavy heart that they made this decision.

“Our U21 athletes represent the emerging talent at an international level,” she said.

“We recognise this announcement will be a significant disappointment for them, for our members, our fans and indeed for all the netball family.

“We thank the organising committee for their considerable efforts thus far in planning for the event and for the ongoing support of the Fijian Government in relation to hosting.”

She confirmed that they have consulted the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala.

“While we are disappointed with the decision, we appreciate that it was made in the best interest of all stakeholders,” Bala said.

“The Fijian Government looks forward to working with INF in the future to host an international event, in an environment that safeguards the health of all people involved.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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