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Fiji to host netball’s 2021 World Youth Cup

The International Netball Federation (INF) has awarded hosting rights for its 2021 World Youth Cup to Fiji.

The second staging of the tournament will be held at the Vodafone Arena (pictured) in Suva, which was constructed to host the 2003 edition of the Pacific Games multi-sport event and is widely renowned for hosting netball competitions.

INF president Molly Rhone said: “We considered two excellent applications from Netball Fiji and Netball Samoa. It was a tough decision but Fiji’s bid was particularly strong, demonstrating a good state of readiness and real potential as host nation for our flagship youth event.”

The inaugural Netball World Youth Cup will be held in Gaborone, Botswana this July with 20 countries competing from all of the INF’s five regions, following qualifying rounds.

Previously known as the World Youth Netball Championships, the event has been held every four years since 1988. The last Championship was held in 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland, and was won by New Zealand.