Athletics South Africa held an intensive, but successful broadcast workshop today 10 February 2017 at OR Tambo Garden Court Hotel in Isando, Kempton Park in Johannesburg.




The workshop, which was mainly to inform race organisers about the broadcasting schedule of SABC , received a round of applause when it ended from representatives which included  the Comrades Marathon, Two Oceans Marathon, Cape Town Marathon, ASA Championships and others have been invited.




This followed a detailed presentation by a representative of the public broadcaster to a captive audience, which included some of the ASA provinces.




ASA also emphasised on the tightening of rules aimed at curbing abuse by people who act as agents or athletes representatives at events. In particular was that such people may no longer receive money on behalf of athletes unless the athlete signs off that right to suit such an arrangement.




It has been experienced that some of our South African races have been accepting foreign athletes without proper clearance or permission in accordance with the IAAF and stringent rules.




“ASA has found itself dealing with stranded athletes who were brought into the country without our knowledge to compete, but got abandoned by the very people who brought them into the country,” said ASA President, Aleck Skhosana.




“These foreign athletes then find their way to ASA offices seeking help to return to the home countries. We are now tightening all rules around that to protect the athlete, the race organiser and ASA.




“You can no longer bring an athlete into South Africa without the clearance from their country and permission from ASA.




“Also, foreign athletes may no longer come into our country and run in the colours of a local club. They with either run in the registered colours and banner of their own club in the country they come from, once all procedures have been met.”




As part of monitoring that rules as stated are being followed, an ASA Competitions delegate will now be hosted by the race organiser at each designated race or athletics event.




Events Bibs and Race Numbers was also a topic that grabbed participants and a fair amount of discussion was spent on it as delegates either requested clarity or offered suggestions to improve the new rules.




“We will continue to host these types of information and consultation sessions as the need arises, in order to allow all role players to stay on the same wavelength each other.




“This approach helps ASA to improve the governance of the athletics in the country as we continue to seek the highest performance of our athletes and better working environment for all involved.”