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Sports Minister 'assured' Comrades Marathon will not go ahead

In tweet on Tuesday night, the minister said that Athletics South Africa president Aleck Skhosana had reassured him that the 90km Down Run would not go ahead this year.

FILE: 2019 Comrades Marathon winner Edwin Mothibi. Picture: @ComradesRace/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa said that he had been assured that the Comrades Marathon would not go ahead this year following the government's ban on gatherings of more than 100 people on Sunday as it sought to contain the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

In tweet on Tuesday night, the minister said that Athletics South Africa president Aleck Skhosana had "reassured" him that the 90km Down Run would not go ahead this year.

This comes in the wake of comments by the minister on Tuesday saying that it was irresponsible for the ultra marathon to go ahead.

The organisers of the ultra marathon on Monday said that it would review the situation by 17 April and advise participants on whether the race would go ahead or not depending on the status of the virus in the country at the time.

But with the minister's tweet, it is expected that an announcement will now be made sooner.

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