SINGAPORE: Singapore will host the 2018 Asian Netball Championships, having beaten out countries like Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the bid.
Netball Singapore told Channel NewsAsia in a phone interview that the biennial tournament will be tentatively held in September 2018. It will act as a qualifier for the 2019 Netball World Cup. Singapore had previously hosted the Championships in 2005 and 2014, with the team winning both times.
Said Netball Singapore CEO, Cyrus Medora: “When we hosted the 2014 Asian Championships, it really lifted the sport up, the awareness for our players and how competitive our team is, and how entertaining the event, the sport is.
"And then when we had the SEA Games in 2015 and netball was featured for the second time, the awareness really took off, and the social media engagement really took off. Our players were being recognised on the street. We hope that this will be a big follow-up. We also just renewed our team. 2018 will be a great time to showcase our players who have come through.”
Mr Medora added that Singapore’s reputation as a well-organised, safe city was a key reason why the country was chosen as hosts again.
The 2016 Asian Netball Championship tournament is currently ongoing in Bangkok, with defending champions Singapore looking to defend their title.