Athletics South Africa (ASA) has confirmed that all upcoming athletic events will be further postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the highly anticipated Comrades Marathon.
In a statement today, 17 April 2020, ASA acknowledged that because of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s extension of the nationwide lockdown, the organisation has to comply with the rules and regulations that have been implemented. This subsequently causes athletic events, most notably, the Comrades Marathon, to be postponed to a later date. Originally rescheduled for June 2020, the new date for the marathon will be later announced by ASA, KZN Athletics and the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA).
Other athletic events implicated in the postponement include the following: all schools athletics activities, including the ASA National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships scheduled to take place in Pietermaritzburg. Other affected events are: clubs and provincial activities, including, Fun Runs, Park Runs, Road-Running, Cross Country, Trail Running and Track and Field events and All ASA championships, including the ASA Twizza National U16 – U20 Track and Field Championships. The 2020 ASA Athletics Grand Prix Series, the 3Sixty Life and Sizwe Medical ASA Senior Track and Field events, are also postponed.
Both ASA and CMA have welcomed the rules and regulations stipulated by the President, stating that the health and safety of the country remain a top priority for the organisations.