Games on despite objection to track

2013-07-27 00:00

NOTHING is going to stop the World Transplant Games in Durban from going ahead.

This was the view of local organising committee chairperson Willie Uys when speaking to Weekend Witness yesterday.

The Daily News reported yesterday that KwaZulu-Natal Athletics president Sello Mokoena was unhappy with the state of the track, and said it would be an embarrassment to Durban as a host city.

Mokoena, who was not available for comment yesterday, was quoted in the Durban newspaper as saying the track was not in a condition to host a national event, let alone an international one.

However, Uys said he was absolutely happy with the state of the track on which athletes taking part in the games would participate.

“We are going ahead with the games. The city has done their best to make sure that the King’s Park Athletics Stadium is as attractive for us as possible,” Uys said.

“We’re happy with the track … People have started arriving. We want to say we are here, and we’re going to rock Durban,” Uys said.

Athletes who have had an organ transplant may participate in the World Transplant Games. The Games begin tomorrow and go on for a week, ending on August 4.

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