Death threat stops Soweto Marathon

2013-11-03 09:56

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Johannesburg - Thousands of marathon runners were left disappointed this weekend after the Soweto Marathon failed to take place – due to a threatening email that was sent by former sports administrator Benele Sindani.

The Sunday Times reported that Sindani, who represents the Soweto Marathon Trust, sent a threat to race organisers warning them that should they go in to the township, they would not come out. The email was written two months ago but made public on Friday by Athletics SA president James Evan.

This latest twist comes after the department of sport’s interception earlier this month to try to save the marathon. At the time it was cited that a lack of funds was the reason for the marathon being cancelled. However, race promoter Nick Bester found a sponsor. But the company withdrew immediately after being shown a copy of Sindani’s email.

Marathon cancelled

In October it was reported that the Soweto Marathon had been cancelled after efforts to save the race failed.

"After two weeks of gruelling deliberations and fund-raising efforts by the newly formed interim committee, a difficult decision was reached to abort this year's Soweto Marathon," the department said in a statement.

The Soweto Marathon Trust, which was tasked with organising the race, announced in September that it had been forced to cancel the event because it could not secure funds from Athletics SA's (ASA) broadcast deal with the SABC.

However, ASA denied that the race had been cancelled and said it would try to ensure the iconic race was held on November 3.
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