Cape Town - The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has issued a powerful warning to potential
cheats at this year’s race.
CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher says, ‘We will
take drastic action against any unsportsmanlike behaviour this year.’
Running clubs across the country have this year raised
their concerns and alerted the CMA to be on the lookout for transgressors. Some
have gone as far as submitting names of potential cheats to be watched.
Fisher reminded all runners in this year’s race that
additional technologies to highlight irregularities would be utilised to expose
cheats. Fishers says officials will be on the lookout for the so-called ‘park
& ride’ gang who drive part of the route and run the rest.
He says, ‘If you don’t cross all the timing mats we
will want to know why. Transgressions vary from not running the full route
distance, running with another entrant’s race number or supplying false
information; all of which are considered unethical and unsportsmanlike
behaviour by the CMA.’
Fisher adds, ‘This year, thanks to tip-offs, we have
names which we will watch carefully. Suspicious split times will also be
If suspected of cheating, KwaZulu-Natal Athletics
(KZNA) will issue those runners with a notice to attend disciplinary hearings.
Bans of up to two years can be handed down.
Fisher believes the above measures to be in the best
interest of both runners and the sport of road running. He concludes, ‘The
integrity of runners who honourably complete the Comrades Marathon needs to be