Singapore, 5 July 2008 - The International Federation of Netball Association (IFNA) and Netball Singapore (NS) put pen to paper in an official signing ceremony today, to formalise the agreement between both parties for the organization of the World Netball Championships in Singapore in 2011.
IFNA’s Congress resolved on 11 November 2007 to entrust the hosting of the World Netball Championships in 2011 to NS after a competitive bid with Australia. The tournament will make a return to Singapore’s shores after 28 years when it last hosted the Championships in 1983.
Guest-of-Honour, Minister for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, was present to witness the official signing ceremony. In attendance were: President of IFNA, Ms Molly Rhone; Member of Parliament, East Coast GRC and also Chairman of the Organising Committee for the World Netball Championships (WNC) 2011, Ms Jessica Tan; President of Netball Singapore, Mr. Tan Wee Khim and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Sports Council (SSC), Mr. Oon Jin Teik.
Commenting on this important milestone, Mr. Tan Wee Khim, President of Netball Singapore said, “Today marks another important day for Singapore sports. The granting of the rights to host the World Netball Championships to Singapore is a reflection of the international sporting community’s recognition of our readiness and capabilities in hosting major international sporting events. Such events will further enhance Singapore’s position on the world sporting map and pave the way for other prestigious championships to be hosted here in the future.”
During the evaluation phase of Singapore’s bid, IFNA delegates, including President Molly Rhone and Vice President Kereyn Smith, visited Singapore and inspected the Singapore Indoor Stadium - venue for the World Netball Championships in 2011.
On her return to Singapore, the IFNA President said, “I am delighted to be in Singapore for the signing ceremony of the Organizer Agreement for the 13th World Netball Championships. Singapore’s bid scored an overwhelming victory at Congress and the IFNA Board must thank the Government and the Singapore Sports Council for the support given to Netball Singapore and the bid team. IFNA is aware of the detailed planning which has already started and based on Singapore’s reputation, we are confident that the World Championships in 2011 will be an exceptional and memorable event. IFNA is excited about working with the Organizing Committee and Netball Singapore in staging our next premier event and showcasing our sport, Netball, to the world. “
In recent years, Singapore has hosted and competed in international netball tournaments such as the Asian Netball Championships in 2005 in which we emerged champions. Singapore has also hosted and organized the Netball Nations Cup in 2006 and 2007. Netball enthusiasts can look forward to the Fisher & Paykel Nations Cup 2008 from 31 August to 6 September 2008 where Singapore will be competing to retain its crown against countries such as Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka and Botswana. Malaysia has been invited to participate in place of Northern Ireland which has withdrawn.