Athletics SA to control news on possible postponement of Comrades

Athletics SA president Aleck Skhosana will in future be the sole spokesperson regarding Comrades and whether it will be delayed.
GIVING CLARITY: Athletics SA president Aleck Skhosana will in future be the sole spokesperson regarding Comrades and whether it will be delayed.
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Athletics SA (ASA) and Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) on Friday agreed that communication during the 30-day period of postponement of athletics would only come from the national office of ASA.

This follows a meeting between ASA president Aleck Skhosana and CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn on Friday where they clarified matters on communication protocols regarding the hugely popular long distance race.

The meeting was to clarify issues after minister of sport Nathi Mthethwa earlier this week said the race would not go ahead when he met with various stakeholders to discuss the affect of coronavirus on sport.

Skhosana and Winn agreed that all further comments and statements during the 30 days of postponement of all athletics activities in the country would 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 reconvene after 15 April to revisit this matter to map the way forward,” said Skhosana.

“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,” Winn said.

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