Media release from Athletics South Africa
ASA issues communication protocol to members during state of disaters on COVID-19
At a meeting with the Minister of Sports Nathi Mthethwa in Tshwane on Wednesday, Athletics South Africa was lambasted for the statement that was issued by the Comrades Marathon Association in which they said they will continue as planned to host the race.
ASA wants to put it categorically clear that all athletics activities from the highest level to the lowest including those on the official fixture list of ASA covering Road-Running, Cross Country, Trail Running, Fun Runs, Park Runs and Track & Field events countrywide, will only be sanctioned by ASA after we have received an update from the State President of the republic Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the National State of Disaster which he declared because of the pandemic of the Corona Virus also known as COVID-19.
All provinces, affiliates and race organisers before issuing statements about postponements or cancellations thereof or on uncertainties of their events, they must communicate first with their provincial office and ASA so that we can verify those statements before they are sanctioned and issued.
As it stands, there is no athletics event that will take place in the republic until the National State of Disaster as declared by the State President is revoked. ASA will in turn update our members when there is something important or necessary to share. Therefore, as we had already indicated in our last public statement and in a circular to our members, there is a complete shutdown on athletics activities until 15 April, which will be after the nationally stipulated 30 days.
Nobody knows how long this disaster will last as the numbers of infections seem to continue increasing. As such, ASA therefore, must abide by the rules of the government of the Republic of South Africa in saving lives and do what the Department of Health advises us to.
To all our athletes, they can continue to run and train but must do so in a responsible manner while protecting themselves, their families and their communities under which they live.