Tebogo LebotseSebego said: “For BONA, the inspiration to host the Netball World Youth Cup came from the Cook Islands Games in 2009 when they hosted the World Championships. When we put in the bid, we knew that we were punching above our weight. However, as a small nation with great ambitions, punching above our weight is our inspiration. It is really pleasing to be at this point of conducting a draw and it’s amazing that Botswana is drawn into the same pool as Cook Islands.”
Thapelo Olopeng, minister of youth empowerment, sport and culture development said: “Participation of young women in this World Cup is an encouraging sign for us to steadfastly continue our efforts of providing sport programmes that nurture, empower and develop our youth. We cannot underestimate sport as a vital activity for the holistic development of our young people because it fosters their physical, social and emotional health.”
Molly Rhone, INF president said: “One of the key strategies for the INF over the next four years is to ensure our audiences, fans, teams and broadcasters enjoy thrilling world class events. I have no doubt that Botswana will make this a truly spectacular event.
“I am also certain this event will enthuse and inspire more young people to play our great sport and leave a lasting legacy, which will grow and develop netball and create an even further positive impact on many young people and their communities.”
Prisca Mokgadi, chairperson for the local organising committee (LOC) said: “It is a real honour for me to be LOC for this prestigious event. This is a great opportunity for Botswana and we look forward to delivering a world class event.”