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No athletics for now says Athletics Griqualand West

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Athletics Griqualand West will in all likelihood only return to competitive track and field events in the new year as the association guards against the Covid-19 pandemic.

It appears as if there will be no athletics meetings for Athletics Griqualand West for the rest of 2020. Picture: Sibonelo Ngcobo, African News Agency (ANA)

COMPETITIVE track and field events in the Northern Cape will continue to stay put during the current level 1 Covid-19 pandemic phase according to the latest Athletics South Africa (ASA) circular forwarded to its affiliates including Athletics Griqualand West.

Athletics Griqualand West (AGW) will in all likelihood only return to competitive track and field events in the new year as the association holds on to the cautionary advice issued by the national athletics body to guard against the Covid-19 pandemic.

AGW president Theo Senekal snr yesterday forwarded correspondence to the DFA in which the national association reiterates the cautionary protocols that all its affiliates are advised to observe during the Covid-19 level 1 phase.

The measures, among others, include a complete “ban” on track and field events until April 2021. The only exception is made for the hosting of road running races of not more than 10 kilometres and which are limited to 500 athletes.

The national association’s position will be reviewed at the end of December this year. In the meantime all the races under the auspices of ASA are expected to adhere to all disease control compliance regulations stipulated by the Government, the circular pointed out.

The circular also indicated that the 2021 3Sixty Life & Sizwe Medical ASA National Senior Track and Field Championships have been brought forward to 16-18 April 16-18 next year.

This was done so that the national association can select a team for the 2021 World Athletics Relay Championship which is due to take place on May 1-2 at a venue yet to be disclosed.

The plan is for South Africa’s relay team to use the event to qualify for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The plan with the sponsored 2021 3Sixty Life & Sizwe Medical ASA National Senior Track and Field Championships is to enable SA to ready a team for next year’s Olympic Games by May 17.