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U-21 Netball Cup postponed

By Faith Kiai

Added 30th July 2020 02:46 PM

With the closed borders in most countries, the INF consulted the Pacific Island’s organisers and decided to push back on the event.

U-21 Netball Cup postponed

Fiji was due to host the tournament. File photo

With the closed borders in most countries, the INF consulted the Pacific Island’s organisers and decided to push back on the event.

The Netball Youth Cup that was scheduled for June 2020 in Fiji has been pushed back due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

With the closed borders in most countries, the INF consulted the Pacific Island's organisers and decided to push back on the event.

"The event has been postponed because there are so many countries that are in lockdown so they will not be allowed to cross borders. Fiji on the other hand, has dealt well with the pandemic so INF decided to postpone but Fiji is still determined to host the event," Uganda Netball Federation President Susan Anek said.

The announcement also comes after the qualifying events for this particular tournament were canceled more than a month ago.

Uganda's She Pearls were due to participate in the event alongside countries, like Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, Jamaica among others.

Anek believes the postponement is a blessing in disguise and will give the She Pearls a chance to practice as a group.

"This is giving us time to do the training. This pandemic has not given people time to train in groups most people were doing individuals drills but we haven't started group training," she explained.

The INF will meet with member countries to decide on when the tournament will take place either late 2021 or early 2022.

Issues like dates will be discussed and so will matters of the athletes' age be discussed because some players may be over the required age limit by the time the games start.

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