Cape Town steps up to the plate

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Noore Nacerodien, Western Province Softball Association (WPSF) president, yesterday revealed that the local government in Cape Town has pledged R15 million to upgrade their facilities.

Nacerodien said the money would help them to successfully host the 9th Junior Women's Championships in 2011.

He said they got the nod to host the event at the 23rd International Softball Federation congress in Manila, Philippines, last month.

"We are happy with the support we got from the local government and I can assure the people of South Africa that we are going to host one of the most successful junior women's championships in 2011," Nacerodien said yesterday.

"We are ready, willing and able to host this event and are going to work hard to lure more sponsors to ensure that we host the tournament with pride."

Nacerodien said the money would be used to upgrade facilities at the imposing and world-class Turfhall Softball Stadium in Athlone.

He also believes that hosting the national softball championships in March next year would also be good for their preparations for 2011.

"This will be an ideal opportunity for us to ensure that our infrastructure and volunteer base are in place for 2011.

"It is our intention to make this a mini world event," Nacerodien said.

Cape Town has a proven track record of hosting major international sporting events.

Besides being a host city for the 2010 World Cup, the Mother City has also hosted a number of other high-profile international sporting events such as the cricket and rugby world cups.

"Softball aims to build on that success and ensure that Cape Town remains a sporting destination of choice in the world," said Nacerodien.

"Our mission statement for softball events we host is to deliver an event of the highest standard, attract visitors to Cape Town, enhance the city's profile and strengthen our sporting and cultural infrastructure, and to maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of events in the province."