JOHANNESBURG – A new elite Track and Field series will be held this year, Athletics South Africa has confirmed.
With our athletes preparing to qualify and compete at a host of international events, the four-leg Speed Series will assist them in launching their campaigns on the domestic circuit.
The new Track and Field series will be held in Durban (February 28), Bloemfontein (March 8), Potchefstroom (March 15) and Germiston (March 22).
In addition, athletes will have a chance to compete for national titles across all disciplines throughout the year.
“This is a big season for our athletes and we want to give them every chance to deliver their best both at home and abroad,” said ASA president, Aleck Skhosana.
“We want to send the best possible teams across all age groups, in both individual and relay events, to carry the South African flag overseas, and we expect tough competition on the domestic circuit to propel our athletes forward as they prepare to take on the world.
“We are currently ranked fifth after last year’s Rio Olympics and with the right support and enough opportunities, we believe our athletes can continue to climb the global ladder.”
Later this year, the country’s elite stars will turn out in various international competitions, including the World Relays in the Bahamas (April 22-23), the CAA African Junior Championships in Tlemcen (May 12-15) and the CAA African Youth Championships in Bata (June 29-July 2).
They will also take part in the World Youth Championships in Nairobi (July 12-16), the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas (July 19-23) and the IAAF World Championships in London (August 4-13). – African News Agency (ANA)