Netball Australia wants the sport to be brought to the world stage at the 2032 Brisbane Olympics.
- Netball is played by over 20 million people in more than 80 countries
- Netball Australia CEO says fans deserve to see their sport on the Olympic stage
- Sydney won its bid to host the 2027 Netball World Cup, where 16 national teams will compete for the World Cup
Netball has been a Commonwealth Games sport since 1998, with the Diamonds – currently number 1 in the world – among the country’s most successful sports teams.
Kelly Ryan, CEO of Netball Australia, said with more than 20 million participants in more than 80 countries, the game deserves to be played among the five famous rings.
“We want our junior netball fans to dream of Olympic glory in the sport they love,” said Ryan.
“We want our netball fans, who are the proudest and most passionate supporters, to cheer on their favorite athletes when they compete in the green and gold against the whole world.”
“In such a challenging time, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have brought so much joy to households across Australia,” added Ryan.
“I, like many people in the netball community, have watched with awe our Australian athletes who have represented our country with pride, humility and determination.
“We congratulate them on their incredible achievements and wish our Paralympians the best of luck in their competition in two weeks.”
Sydney will host the 16-team Netball World Cup in 2027.
Liz Nicholl, president of the netball world, said the governing body supported the Olympic push.
“All of our member nations are excited about the potential to be part of the Olympic Family in 2032,” she said in a statement.
“We are keen to explore the potential of Netball Australia and to ensure that our case for integrating this very special Olympic movement adds significant value.”
There’s more to come.