Comrades makes historic decision

2016-05-04 06:00

THE Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is in the process of implementing a directive from Athletics South Africa that two wheelchair-assisted participants be permitted to participate in the 2016 Comrades Marathon.

“The CMA welcomes what is an historic decision for our sport and we embrace it in line with the spirit of the Comrades Marathon’s values and vision of equality and inclusivity,” said CMA chairperson, Macdonald Chitja.

Two athletes, Chaeli Mycroft and Anita Engelbrecht, have complied with the standard qualifying times and entry requirements for the race and no special provision has been made for them in this respect. They will also not receive any special treatment in the race.

“As organisers, our primary concern is the safety of all participants and as a matter of urgency we will be consulting with various role players in a process of reassessing our medical, technical, safety and security and logistical arrangements to determine possible impacts and necessary adjustments which we may need to implement in order to ensure there is no compromise to the well-being of all participants.

“We anticipate that Comrades runners and supporters will embrace this positive development in the spirit of camaraderie and humility, which is unique to the ‘Ultimate Human Race’,” said Chitja. - Supplied.

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