9 Mar 2011

Netball NZ takes sport's international body to court

5:42 pm on 9 March 2011

Netball New Zealand is taking the sport's international governing body, IFNA, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport ni Switzerland.

Netball New Zealand wants fomer Samoa goal shoot, Cathrine Latu, released to play for the Silver Ferns at July's world champs in Singapore.

Latu, who was born in Auckland, has played 30 tests for Samoa the last of which was at the 2007 world champs.

The 24-year-old Mystics shooter wants to play for New Zealand but IFNA, has ruled she must complete a four year stand down first and that wouldn't finish until August.

Netball New Zealand chief executive Raelene Castle says IFNA granted a dispensation for former Silver Ferns defender Vilimaina Davu, allowing her to play for Fiji at the 2007 world champs just a year after playing for New Zealand.

However Castle says IFNA won't won't do the same for Latu and won't say why.

Castle says no date has been set for the hearing but is confident there'll be a decision in time for the world champs.