Sydney wins netball prize

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Sydney, Australia will host the 14th World Netball Championships in 2015. The decision was announced in mid–March 2011 by netball's world governing body IFNA (International Federation of Netball Associations) following a meeting of the IFNA Board of Directors.

Sydney was competing against Manchester in the UK to host the Championships. The IFNA Board appointed an Evaluation Committee to visit both cities and undertake a comprehensive evaluation process. The Evaluation Committee found that the standard of both bids was extremely high but Sydney had a number of features which were exceptional. The Sydney Olympic Park precinct will provide an extraordinary environment for the athletes, with world class accommodation, training and competition venues all within walking distance. This, in combination with a commitment to deliver the most commercially successful World Netball Championships ever, was central to the decision appointing Sydney as the successful host city for 2015. Molly Rhone, president of IFNA commented: I am delighted to confirm that the World Netball Championships 2015 will be held at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Sydney Olympic Park is truly magnificent and will provide unique infrastructure, facilities, venues and accommodation for our event. We are certain that athletes, officials and spectators will have an amazing experience in Sydney and we look forward to working with New South Wales Events and Netball Australia as they commence their preparations. In a separate IFNA announcement, the Echo Arena Liverpool is to once again host the World Netball Series. The 2011 three day competition will commence on Friday 25 November and will conclude on Sunday 27 November with a celebratory Gala Dinner on the Sunday evening. The six countries competing in the competition, in IFNA World Ranking order are; New Zealand, Australia, England, Jamaica, South Africa and Fiji. According to the IFNA World Rankings the top teams in the world have shifted slightly with Fiji replacing Malawi from the event in 2010. Another boisterous atmosphere is expected at the Echo Arena over the weekend with the event once again due to attract netball lovers in their thousands.

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