All further comments and statements during the postponements of all athletics activities will only come through the national office of ASA, said president of Athletics South Africa Aleck Skhosana. Photo: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)
All further comments and statements during the postponements of all athletics activities will only come through the national office of ASA, said president of Athletics South Africa Aleck Skhosana. Photo: Itumeleng English/African News Agency (ANA)

Athletics SA takes over Comrades Marathon Association “communication protocol”

By ANA Time of article published Mar 20, 2020

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JOHANNESBURG – Despite the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) specifically saying it will be making an announcement on the June 14 hosting of the Comrades Marathon on April 17, Athletics SA have taken over further “communication protocol” for the race.

CMA made an announcement on Tuesday amid the rapid spread of Covid-19, saying it was too early to cancel the 2020 event and that they would make a decision by April 17.

Minister of Sports Nathi Mthethwa then seemed to misinterpret the announcement with the SA government saying on Wednesday: “Athletics South Africa reassured the minister of the cancellation of The Comrades Marathon.”

On Friday, ASA president Aleck Skhosana met with CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn in which the parties “clarified matters on the communication protocol over the long distance race.”

ASA said in a statement: “Skhosana and Winn agreed that all further comments and statements during the 30 days of postponements of all athletics activities in the country will only come through the national office of ASA."

“We are both happy with the outcome of our discussion and we are on the same page.  ASA will issue all statements during this period of the State of National Disaster caused by Covid-19, to avoid unintended misinterpretations. Both entities will then re-convene after April 15 to revisit this matter to map the way forward,” said Skhosana.

Winn said: “I am happy with the meeting between president Skhosana and myself, and I wish to reiterate that the Comrades Marathon Association will take full guidance from ASA and the government.” 

African News Agency (ANA)

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