Last month the England netball team won gold in a dramatic win against Australia in the Commonwealth Games. Photographs of the winning team decorated the front pages and England Netball coach Tracey Neville was almost more talked about than her famous ex-footballer siblings. Despite this recognition and its popularity at a grassroots level, netball is still trying to become an Olympic sport.
The International Netball Federation’s (INF) approach
The INF seems to be taking a proactive approach in their attempt to make netball an Olympic sport.
Their website has a statement setting out their position on the Olympic Games. In this statement they talk of how:
- The INF has been recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) due to netball’s global popularity, strong and effective governance structures and compliance with the Olympic Charter.
- The INF regularly meets with representatives from the IOC.
- The INF’s Articles of Associations outline the purposes of the company and, unsurprisingly, their purposes are entwined with the Olympic movement. For example:
2.1 The Company’s fundamental purposes are:
- to promote, improve and develop Netball globally, at all levels, in accordance with the ideals and objects of the Olympic and Commonwealth movements, and without any discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, religion, creed, political beliefs, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or trade union activity;
- to maintain Netball on the Commonwealth Games programme and to strive for the addition of Netball to the Olympic programme; and
- to assume responsibility for the technical control and direction of Netball at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games.
The INF put these words to the test. Continue Reading