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Cape Town to host 2023 Netball World Cup

Cape Town in South Africa will host the 2023 Netball World Cup, the International Netball Federation (INF) has announced.

Netball South Africa secured the rights ahead of a rival bid from Netball New Zealand.

It will be the first time that netball’s showpiece quadrennial tournament will have taken place in Africa.

INF president Molly Rhone said that taking the event to South Africa would have “a greater impact” on the sport, although she hailed “two exceptional bids”.

“The INF Board decided that the significant investment 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,” Rhone said.

New Zealand has hosted the Netball World Cup on three occasions.

The 2019 Netball World Cup will take place in Liverpool, UK, from July 12-21.