Business as usual in provinces, despite upheaval at ASA

2009-11-06 00:00

THE world of South African athletics will continue in a practical format in spite of an announcement that the president, board, and leading Athletics South Africa staff members are all suspended pending disciplinary investigations into the handling of the Caster Semenya case.

The suspension includes all members of the management team that went to Berlin, but no date or time­scale was given for the outcome of the investigation

Sascoc have appointed Ray Mali, previously a president of Cricket South Africa, as the administrator of athletics with an initial task of convening a council meeting to appoint an interim ASA board.

Although this comes at a critical time in the year for the administration of the sport, it is expected that provinces will continue with the everyday running of the sport at every level.

The final Youth, Junior and Senior League track-and-field meeting will be held tomorrow at King’s Park Track from 10 am.

All schools are specifically invited to attend the meeting as are those athletes who will be taking part in the Kwanaloga Games scheduled for Pietermaritzburg in December. The KZNA office has a detailed programme of events on 031 312 9374.

Older athletes have the focus of attention this weekend with the annual Bluff Veteran Half-marathon and 15 km races. Starting from Fynnlands Sports complex in Smith Drive, the race climbs up Lighthouse Road on to Marin Drive and along to the end of the Bluff, where it drops to the flat, fast Tara Road to return northwards back in front of the oil refinery. To keep things interesting, there is a long, steep climb up to the water tower in the final three kilometres before the downhill dash into the sports ground.

The race is restricted to athletes aged 40 years and older, with the winner receiving a gold medal, second a silver and all other finishers bronze medals.

In addition to age group prizes, there are lucky dips and a wide range of food and drink on sale.

Besides the half-marathon, there is a 15 km open to walkers and runners of all ages.

The race commences at 6 am. Grant Howes at 083 225 9815 has more details.

The Longest Night 12-hour race that was scheduled for tomorrow night at King’s Park track has been cancelled.

The Verulam club had difficulty recruiting suitable lap-timing facilities and, having opted to step into the breach left by the initial cancellation of the Ethekwini Four in One race on September 24, they felt unable to organise another race before the end of the year.

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