Sponsor’s shock withdrawal blow to Bay’s Ironman event

Kathryn Kimberley

SPEC-SAVERS, the official sponsor of Ironman in the Eastern Cape, made the devastating announcement yesterday that it would withdraw its multimillion-rand sponsorship from the event after this year.

The company has pumped about R30-million into the world-renowned event since its inception a decade ago.

The news was made public shortly after a Port Elizabeth sports shop owner accused Ironman event organisers of bullying – a matter which is now before the Competition Commission.

Spec-Savers chief executive Bryan Dowley said the company had decided to move on to other social projects where it could help make a difference.

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