The Durban leg of the SPAR Grand Prix Women’s 10km Series has been postponed until later in the year.
It was to have been run on Sunday, 27 June.
The decision to postpone the first race was taken after extensive discussions with key role players, including Athletics South Africa, the event’s medical team, and representatives of the City of Durban, because of the rapid rise in the number of Covid-19 cases, particularly in Gauteng.
“We know the athletes are desperate to get back into competitive running and to earn money,” said SPAR Group Marketing Executive Mike Prentice. “But, in view of the severity of the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa, we believe it is in the interests of all parties that the race should not be run at this time. The majority of the elite runners are resident in Gauteng, where conditions are dire. We also have international athletes flying in to take part in the race and we are concerned for the safety of all runners and officials. We fully intend to host all six SPAR Grand Prix races this year, but only when conditions are safe.”
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The Durban SPAR Grand Prix was to have been the first of six invitational races to be run in Durban, Tshwane, Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, Jo’burg and Gqeberha. Each race will be limited to a maximum of 250 invited runners.