Diverse World Cup crowds turn up the decibels for netball’s jubilee

The Netball World Cup began amid a carnival of colour and song, which bodes well for a growing sport’s showpiece event

It was hard to say who could claim the more vibrant exhibition on the Liverpool waterfront on Friday. Was it the Keith Haring retrospective at Tate Liverpool, where brightly coloured figures leapt about in glorious abandon, their every pose capturing the wild energy of a genius at work? Or was it the opening day of the Netball World Cup, where – well – ditto?

Against a splashy backdrop of pinks and purples – the design palate of global sports tournaments is surely one London 2012’s true legacies – netball’s greatest showpiece hit the ground running. You would expect no less of the world’s ultimate quicksilver sport.

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