Straight Running with Norrie Williamson: South Africa set for a bumper year of athletics

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Gerda Steyn of Team South Africa nears the finish line in the Women’s Marathon Final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sapporo Odori Park on August 7 in Sapporo, Japan.
Gerda Steyn of Team South Africa nears the finish line in the Women’s Marathon Final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Sapporo Odori Park on August 7 in Sapporo, Japan.
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Just as the athletics world was gaining momentum, South Africa’s enthusiastic viral scientist community rushed to share their knowledge with the World, which in turn, decided to isolate the southern region of the continent.

After 15 months of drips and drabs of athletics, the tap was beginning to open for participation events, and 2022 looked to bring a constant flow of fixtures across all disciplines at provincial, national and international level.

The sport was beginning to regain control over its destiny, but unless political leaders show a new level of logic and common sense, those reins look set to be taken over by politics, putting everything back into doubt.

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