CAPE TOWN, March 8 (Xinhua) -- The South African government on Friday hailed the successful bid to host the 2023 Netball World Cup, the first time the tournament will be held in Africa.
The announcement showcases South Africa's ability to host world-class global events across a number of sports and other genres, which also opens avenues for economic benefits, government spokesperson Phumla Williams said.
South Africa was on Thursday announced as the host for the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town. And they were thrilled as it will be the first time for the tournament to come to South Africa and Africa.
South Africa beat four-time world champions New Zealand for the hosting rights of the quadrennial showpiece. The 10-day tournament will feature 60 matches for the 16 participating countries.
"Netball like any other sport has the power to bring people together," Williams said. The sport shapes many lives, instils a competitive spirit, demands teamwork and discipline, she said.
South Africa is committed to advancing the development of netball, as it is a growing sport worldwide, Williams said.
"South Africans are urged to rally behind team South Africa as preparations get underway for the World Cup," said Williams.
South Africa is the first country to have hosted the Soccer World Cup, the Cricket World Cup and the Rugby World Cup and will now add the netball showpiece to the list.