The International Netball Federation (INF) president Molly Rhone has applauded Botswana for the successful hosting of the Netball World Youth cup 2017. Speaking during a press conference on Friday Rhode said she is pleased with what she has seen in Botswana. She said the tournament has been hosted successfully. There has not been any hiccup that has been reported since the games started on 8 July 2017. Rhode said she is pleased with not only the commitment of the Botswana Netball Association (BONA) in the hosting of the games but also that of the Government of Botswana. “I am pleased with the organisation of the games. In fact, I am more than pleased withthe commitment of the efforts of all the stakeholders,” said Rhode. The INF president said out of the 10 she will give Botswana nine (9) for the hosting of the games. The NWYC 2017 is the first ever event for INF to host on the African continent. Botswana has indeed shown that African countries are capable of delivering world class hosting. It is not only the hosting that African countries have shown capabilities on as the INF president was impressed with their play.
Rhodes said she is impressed with the great game that was witnessed throughout the tournament. “The competition has been very great and interesting. I would like to commend the Botswana team for the performance they put in this tournament. They have been a great team and I have been in talks with BONA president and the minister of sports to try and keep this team together,” she said. According to Rhode, Africa has since seen a tremendous growth in netball over the years. She said they as INF continue to offer assistance to the countries for them to continue developing netball. Four countries including hosts Botswana represented Africa in NWYC 2017 and two of them had qualified for Top 8. NWYC 2017 Local Organising Committee chairperson Prisca Mokgadi is also excited at how everything has gone. All she could say was “four years ago I promised that we will deliver successful competition and that is exactly what we have done.” It remains to be seen whether the competition will return to Africa again in the near future. Rhodes could not confirm this but said the bid for hosting is open to all INF members. She said it is the process that will determine where the tournament will go. The NWYC 2017 comes to an end on Sunday. The next edition in four years will be held in Fiji.