Asian netball events rescheduled

KARACHI (PPI): Annual General Council meeting of Asian Netball Federation (ANF) was recently held online and tournaments and events, which were originally be held in 2020, have been reschedule for 2021 in the wake Covid-19 pandemic.

While talking to PPI about the rescheduled tournaments of interest to Pakistan, Pakistan Netball Federation (PNF) President Mudassir Arain said that Pakistan women will compete in Asian Women Netball Championship in October, 2021 in Korea. The event was originally scheduled for June, 2020.

Pakistan women’s team will get a chance to qualify for the Women’s World Cup since Asian Women Netball Championship serves as World Cup qualifier. Top three teams will qualify for the World Cup.

The men’s team has already qualified for the Netball World Cup after winning silver medal in the Asian Netball Championship in 2018. The World Cup will be held in Perth, Australia next year in August.

Before these two important events, both men’s and women’s teams have been invited to participate in Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in May 2021, which will be hosted by Thailand. Teams are expected to come from across Asia to feature in 12 different sports.

Meanwhile, PNF will also send two male and female umpires and coaches to Sri Lanka next year in March to participate in Asian Umpiring and Coaching Course.

Arain said that preparations have to be started for important international events but lack of government grants would hurt Pakistan’s chances.

Arain added that the government has not released grants for sports for two years. It has made it difficult for the federation to plan and kick start preparations for the important events.

“We have important events ahead of us and if we want medals then the team must start preparation. But government, which gives grants to federations through PSB, has not released for two years now. It is difficult to start preparations without funds,” Arain complained.

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