The future of this year’s Comrades Marathon will become clearer later today when Athletics South Africa (ASA) is expected to make an announcement regarding the iconic race.
This comes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and also because of a "quiet battle" between the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) as organisers of the race and ASA as the national governing body.
The CMA said before a national disaster was declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa last month that they would not make a rash decision about postponing the set race date of 14 June, but ASA president Aleck Skhosana reportedly assured government behind closed doors that the ultra-marathon would be postponed.
The CMA were then ordered by ASA not to make any further statements regarding the annual showpiece and, last week, the CMA chairperson Cheryl Winn conceded in a “letter to runners” on her organisation’s website that it was very unlikely that the Comrades would go ahead as planned on 14 June because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Winn had nothing further to say about the matter when contacted by The Witness on Thursday, but provided contact details for Skhosana.
He then confirmed that his organisation will issue a statement regarding the race on Friday.
However, the former KZN Athletics boss would not give any clues about the actual contents of the statement.
“Let’s wait for tomorrow (Friday) please,” he said.