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Netball Australia Submits Netball World Cup 2027 Bid

Netball Australia has announced it has submitted an official bid to the International Netball Federation to host the Netball World Cup 2027 in Sydney.

If the bid were successful, 2027 would mark the third time Australia has hosted the World Cup in Sydney (1991 and 2015), which the Australian Diamonds won gold at both occasions, and the fourth time the tournament had been held in Australia, with the 1967 World Cup in Perth.

Netball Australia CEO, Marne Fechner, said hosting the Netball World Cup in 2027 would boost all sport in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region, not just netball.

“Having last hosted the Netball World Cup in Sydney in 2015, we’ve experienced first-hand the incredibly far-reaching impact that an event of this calibre can have on a nation,” Fechner said.

“The legacy for women’s sport and netball, both within our region and for the global netball family, was significant.

“Our vision for 2027 is to deliver the most successful women’s world cup of the modern era; one that powers a lasting global legacy for netball and women, showcases the game’s best athletes and welcomes the international netball family to Sydney yet again.

“2027 will be Netball Australia’s 100th anniversary so it would be an honour to host the global netball community in Sydney to help us celebrate this significant milestone – to recognise how far netball in Australia and around the world has come.

“Last week we celebrated the fantastic news Australia and New Zealand will host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

“Let’s hope we continue that winning way with our compelling bid and bring the world’s best netballers back to Sydney, Australia in 2027,” she said.

The International Netball Federation is expected to announce the winning bid by the end of 2020, with Netball Australia’s bid already supported by the New South Wales and Australian governments.