Three years after South Africa wont the hosting bid in 2019, the official logo for the 2023 Netball World Cup (NWC) was unveiled on Tuesday at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
The unveiling comes one week after World Netball, previously the International Netball Federation, announced its own re-branding.
“This is an interesting time for netball globally, it is like we are entering into a new dawn because just last week we were introduced to World Netball and got to see their new logo, now South Africa will get to be the first country to host the world cup under the new name and logo,” said Netball SA (NSA) president and World Netball’s Africa regional director Cecilia Molokwane.
“As Netball South Africa we are very excited that we are here today. A name change offers one an opportunity to introspect, a chance to cement your place and to write your name in the history books.
“We are very excited to be revealing the look and feel of the 2023 Netball World Cup, this is not only our World Cup as South Africa but that of the whole continent as well.”
Back in April, sports minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the creation of the NWC 2023 Board, which would be responsible for organising the event.
The board consists of an independent chairperson, two NSA representatives, the department of sport, arts and culture (Dsrac) and Cape Town municipality.
“As members of the Netball World Cup 2023 Board, we are extremely excited about today’s event because we believe this is one of the many steps to take towards some of our obligations for hosting a successful World Cup,” said board chairperson Patience Shikwambana.
“Image is an important aspect for any event and now that we have unveiled the logo, it’s time to get to work and increase our efforts on tasks ahead of us as the Board. COVID-19 has really been a big challenge for us and therefore it’s important to be innovative and adapt to the New Norm in all our plans.
“Our next step as the Board, is the finalisation of policies and the appointment of the operational team,” Cape Town executive mayor Dan Plato said the city was proud to host such a prestigious event.
“We look forward to working will all the stakeholders involved to put together a world-class netball event,” Plato said.