MPs ask why Comrades doesn’t have more offices

2013-10-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Dumbfounded managers of the Pietermaritzburg-based Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) yesterday had to explain in Parliament why they don’t have offices across the nation.

The questions started when some members of the portfolio committee for sport and recreation wanted to know from the CMA’s management why the association were not involved in all nine provinces “like other sport federations”.

Some members also asked why it seemed that the Comrades Marathon was only advantageous to KZN. “What about the people in Limpopo,” one irate member wanted to know.

Chairperson of the committee Richard Mdakane had to intervene by asking the CMA chairperson Dave Dixon and manager Chris Bruwer to explain to the uninformed committee members what the CMA did and with which sport federations they were affiliated.

Dixon said the CMA were not a sport federation, but an association that organised one of the biggest marathons in SA.

“The CMA is affiliated with Athletics KwaZulu-Natal and Athletics South Africa (ASA). We actually host the Comrades Marathon on instruction of these two federations,” he said.

Bruwer told members the association hosted the annual marathon with a budget of about R25 million for about 20 000 national and international athletes.

“The CMA does not get money for the broadcast rights. It is paid to ASA,” Bruwer said.

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