Netball South Africa announced on the 8th of January that all planned netball activities had been suspended until further notice. This was due to the country seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases and the Honourable President Ramaphosa announcing new lockdown level three restrictions.
Following constant consultation with relevant government departments and President Ramaphosa relaxing lockdown level three restrictions, the Executive and Ms Molokwane decided that netball activities would resume from Monday 8th February 2021.
“The decision to resume netball activities was not an easy one, because we are still amid a pandemic and we needed to be very careful on how we will do things going forward. This was a balancing act, because key to our list of priorities is ensuring that we preserve the lives of all our stakeholders whilst we play the sport we love. As the Executive together with our Events and Compliance teams, we have put measures in place that will enable us to make sure that we protect the lives of everyone,” said Cecilia Molokwane, Netball South Africa President.
The first event that will take place is the SPAR Challenge which had been postponed from the beginning of the year.. The participating teams will be the SPAR Proteas, the SA President’s XII, the SPAR Baby Proteas (under 21), Uganda’s She Cranes with Namibia yet to confirm participation.
The SPAR Challenge will take place under strict health and safety regulations, in a biologically safe environment in Cape Town from the 24th to 31st of March 2021. The teams will meet for a pre-training camp between the 19th and 23rd of March 2021.
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