As the globe marches on to resumption, one shall take the opportunity to mold the norms for good. The New Zealand government seems to be doing the same. In recent reports, we are told that the government is slated to fund 2 million New Zealand currency to upgrade and enhance the five venues throughout the country.
It is important to note that this upgrade would primarily mean ensuring gender-neutral facilities to players. The five grounds, as per the reports, are the Basin Reserve in Wellington, Seddon Park in Hamilton, Hagley Oval and the NZC High-Performance Centre in Christchurch, and University Oval in Dunedin. The focus of the development would include a revamp to player facilities.
Women’s World Cup 2022 gets a funding boost to improve the facilities across 5 Venues and ensure gender-neutral facilities for the players. pic.twitter.com/QCzshG7xRI
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These may include toilets and grounds. The preparations are in line with the upcoming Women’s world cup in 2022. Andrea Nelson who is the Chief Executive Officer of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 said that the major events are all about these symbolic shifts.
While reading a welcome note on the announcement of the package, Nelson said that “Beyond the nationwide celebration of cricket in 2022, the Cricket World Cup ’22 legacy will improve the experience of our women and girls in cricket for future generations”.
It is interesting to note that the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and Minister of Sport and Recreation had announced a sum of 265 million New Zealand dollars as part of the Sports Recovery Package from Covid-19 response funding. A total of 7.3 million New Zealand dollars as part of World Cup Accessible Venues Fund to increase the facilities across the fixtures.
The occurrence of three major women’s events namely the Cricket World Cup in 2022 along with the Rugby World Cup in 2021. FIFA World Cup is to be held in New Zealand in the year 2023. Grant Robertson, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Sport and Recreation, said that “Hosting three women’s World Cups in three years is a massive opportunity to drive positive change and put New Zealand on the world map when it comes to women in sport”.
A release from International Cricket Council hinted that Eden Park from Auckland will further be hosting all three world cups for gender-neutral enhancements. Further, the facilities at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui have been classified as already having the acceptable standard. s going to shine bright on the sporting calendar for the upcoming times. A gender-neutral shift from the nation will carry a special meaning for people throughout the globe.