Singapore Awarded Rights to Host 13th World Netball Championships in 2011
Singapore went head to head with Australia in a bidding process that started back in 2006 and concluded with a presentation to delegates at Congress.
Singapore would play host to the Championships, which will feature 16 nations from five continents competing and fighting for the final glory at the championships. This international marquee event would be another milestone for Singapore as a world-class sports venue.
At the same time, by bringing the Championships to Singapore, it will fulfill our aim of promoting sports participation and sports excellence and further contribute towards positioning Singapore as an international and regional sports hub with a calendar filled with year-round, top-flight sporting action.
Said IFNA President, Molly Rhone, “I am delighted that for this edition of netball’s premier event we have had such a close contest. Both countries were very well equipped to host the event. I visited Singapore in January this year and was very impressed with their plans for the Sports Hub and I am delighted that we can now bring our showcase event here in 2011.”
This is not the first time that netball’s premier international event has been hosted in Singapore as, Tan Wee Khim, President of Netball Singapore said:
“We are very pleased to win the international netball community's mandate to host the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore and would like to thank all countries for their support.
”We are very excited to see the return of the World Netball Championships after 28 years and are confident that this will lead to a resurgence of the sport in our region. Our hosting of this event will also aid the development of netball as one of the most recognizable sports, and it will inspire a whole new generation of budding netballers.
”Singapore is already an exciting sports and tourism destination today. When the many multi-billion dollar sports and recreational projects now under development are completed at the end of this decade, it will be an even more compelling place to visit. We aim to stage a most memorable world netball event in an Asian cultural setting and look forward to being your host in 4 year's time.”
Added Oon Jin Teik, Chief Executive Officer of the Singapore Sports Council,
“We are ecstatic on this win! The Singapore Sports Council is truly excited that Singapore has won the bid to host the World Netball Championships 2011 and would like to thank IFNA for their support. Winning such a bid is a true testimony of Singapore’s reputation as a venue of choice in staging major sports championships and international sporting events.
This is an important milestone for netball in Singapore and another feather in our cap. Holding the Championships in Singapore is an enormous opportunity for our local players to gain international competition exposure as they benchmark against world-class players and it will also be a huge boost to netball’s popularity in the local community and in Asia.
Netball enthusiasts can look forward to watching a spectacular showcase of top netball players in action come 2011.”
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