The International Netball Federation (INF) has called off all qualifiers for the U21 Netball World Youth Cup across Africa, Europe, America, and Oceania. This comes as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic which forced all sporting activities around the world into a standstill.
The U21 Netball World Youth Cup is scheduled to take place in Fiji during the month of June 2021, but World qualifiers had a period of up to October 2020 to commence and due to COVID-19, the qualifiers stand a chance of not getting finished in time.
Uganda was scheduled to host the Netball World Youth Cup qualifiers for the Africa region in May but was earlier postponed, before being called off by the INF later. A statement released by the INF board suggests that the current INF rankings will be used to determine continental representatives at the Netball Youth World Cup.
The Netball World Youth Cup 2021 qualifiers due to be held in Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania by October 2020, have been canceled and the INF Board has decided to use INF World Rankings to determine the qualifiers for these regions,
a statement released by the INF reads.
The decision, therefore, gives a chance to the top three ranked teams in Africa, that is; South Africa, Uganda, and Malawi to represent Africa at the Netball World Youth Cup 2021 to be held in Fiji next year in June.
The She Pearls of Uganda finished 7th in the Netball World Youth Cup which was held in Botswana in 2017, but they now aim at finishing in a better position.