Silver lining around athletics mess

2014-01-19 14:00

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Comrades Marathon champion Claude Moshiywa has emerged as a silver lining for the beleaguered Athletics SA (ASA).

The 38-year-old is the only African runner on the short list for the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) Athlete of the Year award (See list below).

The list comprises nine men from five countries. The athlete was told of the news by City Press.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday.

“Serious? I don’t know anything about that,” was his startled reaction this week.

“Winning the Comrades was my highlight last year and this is the first time I have been nominated for a big award. It is sad that no one has informed me about my nomination.”

The IAU regulates and sanctions race events longer than the standard marathon distance of 42km and is recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Nadeem Khan, the director of communications at the IAU, said member federations had the names of short-listed athletes and were voting until the end of this week.

“Moshiywa was actually nominated on our website.

The awards ceremony venue depends on which winners are coming.

“For example, if a 24-hour runner wins, then their presentation will be at the 24-hour championships,” said Khan.

South Africa is an IAU member and ASA president James Evans serves on its executive council as the area representative for Africa and Oceania.

His appointment to this position was not reported on as the squabbles within ASA continued to dominate headlines.

Evans was also appointed to serve on the jury of appeal for the World Half Marathon Championships, which take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in March.

Other ASA achievements were at the IAAF Council in November, when three South African athletics officials – Mike Rook, Roy Abrahams and Pieter de Jager – had their statuses as international road race course measurers upgraded.

De Jager was also promoted to be an international technical official and he has been appointed to officiate at the Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, in September.

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