Cape Town - Runners found to have been
cheating in the Comrades Marathon are tarnishing the reputation of the sport
and the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA), as well as disrespecting fellow
It is in this light that the
CMA has announced the suspension of three athletes who were investigated for
having cheated in the 2019 Comrades Marathon.
These athletes were found to
have either supplied false entry information and/or having utilised another
athlete to run their qualifying race.
The CMA will not be releasing
the names of the suspended athletes.
However, these transgressors will have
their 2019 race result declared null and void, in addition to being excluded
from participating in the Comrades Marathon for the next 2 to 5 years, depending
on the transgression.
The CMA has also notified the
respective running clubs and provincial athletics federations of the offending
CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, “The CMA will not tolerate
cheating in any form. It is incumbent upon every athlete to honour the ethical
code and ethos of the sport.”
James adds, “We promote fair
sport and to this end are continuing with investigations into other alleged
transgressions, the outcome of which may be announced in due course.”