Discovery, World Netball ‘mutually agree’ to cut World Cup ties

Discovery has confirmed that Vitality, the subsidiary of Discovery Limited, will no longer be the official title partner for the 2023 Netball World Cup.

According to Discovery, a partnership with World Netball came to an end by mutual agreement, three weeks before the global showpiece takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from July 28 to August 6.

“As indicated in our earlier statement in February, it was our intention to be the title sponsor of the Netball World Cup 2023. Regrettably, following negotiations, we were unable to reach a mutually agreeable partnership,” Discovery said in a statement.

“Discovery is therefore focusing its support for netball on the national teams in South Africa and England, namely the Proteas and the Vitality Roses.

“This is aligned to the update from World Netball and the Netball World Cup 2023 announcing Telkom and Spar as premium partners of the tournament sharing the major billing, with a roster of other major partners now coming on board.”

Discovery will, however, remain as the official wellness partner to the Spar Proteas.

The sponsorship of the national side will see Discovery supporting the team’s overall wellbeing with health, wellness, financial and nutrition resources over the next three years.

“As part of its commitment to netball, Discovery has developed and implemented a netball legacy programme to support netball at grassroot level in South Africa [much like the one it has within football], with the aim of donating over 10 000 netballs to schools in need over the next year,” Discovery said.

“We wish the organising committee, our national team and all teams competing in the Netball World Cup 2023 every success for the tournament.”

The Spar Proteas are drawn in Pool C alongside Jamaica, Wales, and Sri Lanka. They will open their World Cup campaign against Wales.


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