The Comrades Marathon has been postponed until further notice as confirmed by Athletics South Africa on Friday, 17 April 2020.

Due to the extension of lockdown in South Africa and the continuous outbreak of the global Coronavirus pandemic, ASA President Aleck Skhosana pointed out that together with KZN Athletics and the Comrades Marathon Association will determine a new date for the race.

“In compliance, the suspension of all athletics activities is therefore also extended,” he said in an official media release.

“This will remain in place until is it deemed safe for us to resume by the national government. This affects all fixtures and programmes from March 26 until April 30. We will review our position when the government issues new measures to be followed.

“The Comrades Marathon is therefore postponed from 14 June to a suitable date that will be determined between ASA, KZN Athletics and the Comrades Marathon Association as soon as conditions around the management of the virus allow us to under the guidance of the government.”

“CMA’s position is that there is no priority greater than the health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and the lives of our fellow South Africans.” – CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn

The Chairperson of the Comrades Marathon Association, Cheryl Winn, said: “We welcome the announcement by ASA, which includes the postponement of the 2020 Comrades which had been scheduled for 14 June.

“CMA’s position is that there is no priority greater than the health, safety and welfare of our runners, volunteers, supporters, stakeholders and the lives of our fellow South Africans. Therefore, any decision on the eventual fate of the 2020 Comrades Marathon will be taken in conjunction with ASA and KZN Athletics.

“CMA also reiterated its advocacy for complete compliance with all regulations, guidelines and directives pertaining to the National State of Disaster, as well as pledging its total cooperation and support for ASA towards restoring some sort of equilibrium to the sport of athletics in South Africa in the coming weeks and months.”

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: The Comrades Marathon has been postponed until further notice as confirmed by Athletics South Africa on Friday, 17 April 2020. Photo: Supplied