In the middle of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Netball World Youth Cup sporting event has been postponed to ensure that we all stay safe first.
The Netball World Youth Cup is a quadrennial netball competition for young netball players aged 21 and below which has been held since 1988. The success of the event over time has led to the tournament being named the ‘Netball World Youth Championships’ and in 2017 it was changed to ‘Netball World Youth Cup’.
The International Netball Federation (INF) announced on Wednesday that it had postponed this year’s World Youth Cup which was due to be hosted in October 2020 at the Vodafone Island in Suva, Fiji. INF came to this conclusion after consulting with the host nation Fiji, which also ascertained that they will be available to host the Youth Cup in 2021.
The competition will be held between 10th and 19th June 2021. Fiji will be hosts for the second time having hosted their first Youth Championships in 1992.
INF also earlier announced that they had cancelled International qualifiers and that they would use the International Rankings to determine the participants. Uganda was due to host the African Region qualifiers but luckily enough qualified due to its 6th place ranking as of June 2020.
INF postpones Netball World Youth Cup to 2021
The INF said it will continue to consult with the netball member associations with qualified teams regarding the options of the rescheduled competition. INF said, given the ongoing uncertainty because of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the risk to people’s health, restrictions on global travel and quarantine requirements, the decision was made to postpone the event.
Fiji finished fourth at last World Youth Cup in 2017 and the country’s Minister for Youth and Sports, Praveen Kumar Bala, said the government remained committed to hosting the tournament.
“We remain committed to the sporting aspirations of girls and young women in Fiji and across the netball world,” he said.
“We look forward to hosting this event at an appropriate time when the world is a lot safer, international travel restrictions have eased and when all teams, and Fiji as your host nation, are certain of reaping a just return on their investment into the NWYC 2021.”
Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.