Clubs take marathon organisers to court

2013-07-19 00:00

BOTH KZN Athletics and uMgungundlovu are in the dark about a plan by two clubs to take them to court over the organising of this year’s Mandela Day Marathon.

Hammarsdale and Greater Edendale athletics clubs claim they were excluded from next month’s race’s organising committee despite having been involved last year.

Mlungisi Shangase, the deputy chairperson for Hammarsdale Athletics club, serving as spokesperson for both clubs, said they are unhappy at being excluded.

He told The Witness they had not threatened to stop the marathon from going ahead, but that they had approached the courts to force uMgungundlovu and KZN Athletics to include them.

“We want that issue resolved before the race. Whether the race goes on or is cancelled is up to the court,” he said, adding that it was possible that the race could be called off.

But, uMgungundlovu municipal manager Sbu Khuzwayo said they had not heard anything about the two clubs’ bid.

“We have not been served any papers. We’re in the dark,” Khuzwayo said. He added that no clubs were excluded from organising the race and that all clubs were represented.

“This race is bigger than one club. We are now dealing with the umbrella body of all clubs in KZN, and all clubs in the province belong to KZN Athletics. Saying that clubs are excluded is contradictory,” he said.

KZN Athletics president Sello Mokoena said they were also in the dark, and wanted the clubs to prove that they had been excluded.

“They have not voiced their unhappiness with us. The door is still open. We have other clubs that are participating. We would love for them to be involved,” Mokoena told The Witness.

The race, which will begin at the Manaye Hall in Imbali and finish at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site outside Howick, will be held on August 25.

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