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2021 Netball World Youth Cup confirmed

The International Netball Federation (INF) has announced the Netball World Youth Cup will take place during the period from the 1-19 December, 2021.

The precise start and end dates of the netball competition will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

In July, INF in consultation with the host country Fiji, decided to postpone the event from June 2021, given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Following the postponement announcement, INF consulted with the 20 teams who qualified to participate at the event.

Briefing and consultation meetings were held via Zoom on the 18th August and a questionnaire was distributed to the teams to understand each nation’s views regarding the postponement of the event and preferences on whether the event should be delayed to later in 2021, postponed to 2022 and beyond, or cancelled entirely.

There was continuing support for the event to take place from the Member nations and a strong preference for the December 2021 dates, with the hopes and dreams of the young athletes who have been preparing to take part at the heart of their thinking.

“The Netball World Youth Cup is the pinnacle of competition for emerging players and provides a pathway for developing elite players, coaches and match officials. We are delighted to announce new dates for the event and look forward to seeing Fiji host another world netball event,” INF President Liz Nicholl CBE said.

“With the sport still facing much uncertainty around the pandemic, INF will continue to monitor COVID-19 on a monthly basis, in liaison with the Fijian Government and our Member nations, to ensure the health and wellbeing of the Netball Family.”