Lovemore Zigara Midlands Correspondent
ZIMBABWE has made a formal bid to the World Polocrosse Association to play host to the 2019 Polocrosse World Cup.
The country will be part of this year’s jamboree to be hosted by South Africa at Shongweni in KwaZulu-Natal where 17 nations will take part.
South Africa won the right to host the polocrosse extravaganza by virtue of winning the World Cup in 2011 held in the United Kingdom after beating Zimbabwe 29-19 in the final.
The country which wins the World Cup gets the right to host the next tournament.
Efforts to get a comment on the bid from Polocrosse Association of Zimbabwe president, Allen Molloy, were futile as his phone was not reachable.
However, Jonathan Connolly, a national team player and one of the officials who helped to put together the bid, confirmed the developments.
“South Africa is going to host the next World Cup at Shongweni in 2015 after beating Zimbabwe during the 2011 tournament. If we win the 2015 edition, then the World Cup comes here but if we don’t then we still put in a bid with the South Africa Polocrosse Association to the world association to host the event at Antelope Park,” he said.
He expressed confidence that the country would win the right to host the 2019 jamboree after hosting an international tournament last year where executive members from different countries gave thumbs up to the pitch.
Connolly said some of the officials who attended the international tournament had intimated that the pitch was one of the best in the world and could host an event of such magnitude.
Hosts South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Zimbabwe will go to the 2015 jamboree as favourites to lift the world polocrosse title.