Netball Federation of Sri Lanka (NFSL) have shown a keen interest and will bid to host the next Asian Netball Championship scheduled to be held in 2024, revealed a senior official to Ceylon Today.
“After the Asian triumph, we are interested to host the next Asian Netball Championship in 2024 with the guidance of the Sports Ministry. We hope to make a formal request to Netball Asia with the consent of the Sports Ministry to host this event. Since, we have successfully hosted the championship twice in the past, we are confident of getting our request approved”, said the senior official.
Ceylon Today learns hosting a high-calibre competition like the ANC provides players with valuable match experience and a fantastic opportunity to pit themselves against the region’s best. The fans will also have the chance to enjoy the games and marvel at the sporting displays put up by these athletes.
Sri Lanka has hosted the biennial event on two occasions – in 2001 and 2012. The Lankan lasses are the most successful team having been crowned 6 times as the Queens of Asia, including the recent triumph in Singapore.
The 11 teams competing at the biennial event are defending champions Sri Lanka, 2018- 2022 runner-up Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Japan, India, the Philippines and Maldives.
Earlier, Sri Lanka claimed their sixth title in the latest edition of the Asian Netball Championships, winning against hosts Singapore, while also booking their spot at the 2023 Netball World Cup.
Defending their title from 2018 – after the 2020 competition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic – Sri Lanka delivered against the four-time winners, with the final score reading 63-53.
It came after a slow start for the victors, who trailed Singapore after the first quarter, before pulling in front for the remainder of the game.
Both teams secured their places at the World Cup in Cape Town after making the final.
Sri Lanka’s next hurdle will be the World Cup in South Africa in 2023, and it is learnt that NFSL are working hard to bring down few teams to play friendlies before the World Cup in order to get much needed match exposure ahead of the big event.
By Mustaq Sydeen