Media release from Athletics South Africa
Athletics South Africa (ASA) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are pleased to announce an agreement to broadcast Athletics games.
The agreement, which was signed at the SABC in Auckland Park on 29 January, will see the SABC producing and broadcasting marathons, track and field and road running events. Some of the marathons that SABC and ASA will bring to South Africans include the Cape Town Marathon, Two Oceans Marathon, Nelson Mandela Marathon and Comrades Marathon.
Some of the coverage in track and field include ASA Twizza Super School Series 3 – Grand Finale, TWIZZA ASA U16, U18 (Youth) and U20 (Junior) T&F Championships, incorporating the SASA National High School; LSEN & Deaf School Championships, ASA Athletix Grand Prix Series, 3Sixty Life & Sizwe Medical ASA Senior T&F + Combined Events & 50km National Championships and others.
Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa said: “We would like to thank the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Operations Officer of SABC, for working tirelessly with ASA to safeguard the success of the deal between the two parties. The success of this partnership will return athletics to its deserved status of visibility, giving athletes and the rest of the Athletics Family to this exposure.”
Ian Plaatjes, the Chief Operations Officer of SABC, stated that: “As a public service broadcaster, the SABC plays a pivotal role to facilitate social cohesion by providing a wide range of programming which includes broadcasting sports of national interest. This partnership cements our continuous efforts to work with various stakeholders in fulfilling our mandate.”
Both parties are committed to ensuring that the South African citizens are kept abreast and captivated on the upcoming athletics sporting events.