CAPE TOWN – Kenyan athlete Paul Maina has pulled out of this weekend’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon for fear he could be a victim of the recent attacks on foreigners by South Africans.
This was revealed by the athlete’s manager Craig Fry who said he has been in contact with Home Affairs officials as well as different embassies regarding the situation in the country.
“Paul has decided to rather go to run in Argentina because he did not feel safe coming to South Africa,” said Fry, the Nedbank Athletics International manager. “He had been a 50-50 case in terms of participation in the Cape Town Marathon and when all these attacks on foreigners spread, he felt he was better off running somewhere else.”
Fry was referring to the recent attacks on foreign African nationals in both Johannesburg and Pretoria.
A reminder that the Sanlam @CTMarathon takes place on Sunday 15 September. Over 23 000 participants from more than 75 countries will take to the streets to compete. For a full list of road closures and parking information click on the link below. https://t.co/nmYIB4sMRI pic.twitter.com/XihfPi1YDu— Cape Town CCID (@CapeTownCCID) September 11, 2019