The standard candle-lighting ceremony to mark the beginning of the Netball World Cup 2023 happened with a lot jubilation and African flavour in Cape City, South Africa on Wednesday, 26 July, with simply two days to go to the beginning of the occasion.
For the reason that inaugural event in Eastbourne, England, again in 1963, captains of every of the collaborating nations have taken half within the ceremony, which incorporates lighting a candle and pledging an oath to play within the spirit of true friendship and sportsmanship.
A consultant of the match officers additionally lights a candle, pledging to officiate with equity and impartiality in response to the principles of the sport.
As time has gone on, the candle lighting ceremony has grow to be an emblem for worldwide netball, celebrating the worldwide influence of the game – a light-weight that represents the historical past and the camaraderie of netball.
President of World Netball Dame Liz Nicholl DBE addressed the 16 groups, event officers and dignitaries together with South Africa’s Minister of Sport, Arts and Tradition Zizi Kodwa, saying: “This ceremony represents and reinforces our netball values.
“Even in the course of thrilling and aggressive world-class competitors lies friendship and respect that we really feel day by day.
“This is a chance to reconnect with members of the Netball Household from round our world.”
Nicholl identified that 42 nations, over 500 athletes and quite a few coaches and officers took half within the 5 regional qualifying tournaments to get to Cape City for the Netball World Cup 2023.
“We’re now right here in Cape City with the very best 16 groups on the earth and 23 world-class technical officers prepared for what we all know shall be 10 days of completely implausible competitors,” she stated.
The colourful occasion gave the visiting groups a style of what to anticipate at what guarantees to be an exuberant and vibrant first ever Netball World Cup on African soil.
The Netball World Cup 2023 takes place from 28 July to 6August on the Cape City Worldwide Conference Centre. Particulars on tickets and journey packages and extra data on the event are all obtainable on the official web site (www.nwc2023.org.za) with a spread of tickets and packages nonetheless on provide.
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Photograph 1 Caption: South African Captain Bongiwe Msomi lights the candle in the course of the Netball World Cup Candle Lighting Ceremony held on the Artscape on Wednesday, 26 July, 2023 in Cape City, South Africa. The standard candle-lighting ceremony, by every of the 16 collaborating groups captains, marked the beginning of the Netball World Cup 2023. Photograph: by Shaun Roy/Gallo Photos/Netball World Cup 2023
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