More than 20 top athletes, who have represented their respective countries at elite international events, will descend on the North West province to participate at the ASA Speed Series 3 in front of the expected near-capacity sports-mad crowd at the Kenneth McArthur Athletics Stadium in Potchefstroom on Wednesday 15 March (tomorrow).
The much awaited event, which has attracted some of the country’s exciting Olympic medallists and top Olympians, will start at 5pm with an exciting pre-programme, before the main programme at 7pm which will be active until the final event at 8.40pm.
To ensure smooth running, ASA has put additional precautionary measures in place to ensure the smooth running of the event with the deployment of a special team of technical experts to guarantee that avoidable hiccups do not happen again, like the one at Speed Series 2 in Mangaung last week.
The officials are persons of high integrity and are: Mehlo Competitions Manager, Patrick Hlongwane Organisational Delegate, Linda Kock Meeting Manager, Bruce Mpela Starter Gun, Norman Letsie Eletreonic Timing, Sipho Shawee, Sabatha Kumalo Track Referee, Kenny Makula ASA Tech Delegate, while the results will be under Hennie Botha, Clyde Kinlock and Willie Wentzel. The name of electronic system in use is the Time Tronics with the back of the same product.
“We don’t want to see failure here and we mean business,” said ASA President, Aleck Skhosana. ”Everything must be perfect.
“The failure of the timing system in Mangaung was an isolated incident which affected two events, but did not affect the rest of a good competition we had.
“As we await the outcome of the probe into it, we have decided to take precautionary measures to enable a smooth running of the Potchefstroom leg.”
The manufacturer is being engaged to assist in establishing the cause of the error which saw the transponder in the starting device failing, leading to reliance on hand-timing.
“Until we know the real reasons why a new equipment failed, we have effected precautionary measures because the Meeting in Potchefstroom has attracted much interest from fans and top athletes.
“As an elite event we are confident of delivering a great and well managed contest as expected by fans, athletes and coaches.
“We demand a high standard of performance from our athletes and their coaches, so the same is being demanded from our officials at all levels.
“That is why we found it a little bit irritating that such a thing happened in Bloemfontein as it placed a damper on an otherwise well organised event.
“ASA takes its responsibility serious to provide excellent and world class performances to the spectator, while providing a sound platform for the athlete to reach their objectives.”