By Tadious Manyepo and Veronica Gwaze
The Zimbabwe Netball Association have extended their begging bowl to the corporate world to help bail out the World Cup-bound national team following revelations all associations whose teams are participating at the quadrennial fiesta will have to find their own sources for funding.
The Gems booked a maiden berth for the tournament which is set for Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, next year.
But unlike in other sport codes where teams are paid for qualifying for a major event, it’s different in the netball world as the International Netball Federation confirmed in a statement.
“Netball World Cup have to find their own sources of funding to attend the event. Teams are funded by their national sporting bodies (eg National Olympic Committees) and/or by fundraising and sponsorship,” read the statement signed by the INF chief executive officer Clare Briegal.
“The event is managed and delivered by the host Organising Committee (NWC2019 Liverpool), a subsidiary of England Netball who was granted the rights to host the event by INF in 2015.
“The OC is reliant on ticket sales and on funding from the national sports body (UK Sport), local bodies (eg Liverpool City Council) and sponsorship to provide the venue and cover the cost of running the event.
And the ZINA will have to run around to raise the funds to enable the team to participate in England next year.
ZINA president Letitia Chipandu yesterday said her association have since written to various stakeholders including the Government to seek funding.
“We received no incentive whatsoever for qualifying for the World Cup. In fact there has never been any before,” said Chipandu.
Hosting and participating countries foot the bills for umpires and other issues.
“Africa as a continent gets a grant once a year that is normally used for administrative issues during our Africa Championships, amongst other things.
“We have done our budgets and have submitted to the Ministry of Sports through the Sports Commission.