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ASA launches new four-meeting track and field series

Athletics South Africa has confirmed that a new elite track and field series will be held this year, with the federation releasing the final fixtures list for the 2017 season.

With the country’s athletes having enjoyed an excellent showing at the Rio Olympics in Rio last year (winning two gold and a bronze medal) they are now 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 (28 February), Bloemfontein (8 March), Potchefstroom (15 March) and Germiston (22 March). The national track and field champs will be held in Potchefstroom on 20-22 April.

In addition, athletes will have a chance to compete for national titles across all athletics disciplines throughout the year.

However, there may well be eyebrows raised at the omission of any Western Cape, Boland or South Western Districts venue, regions that have over the years produced some of the nation’s finest athletes.

‘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.

Among these are the World Relays in Bahamas (22-23 April), the CAA African Junior Championships in Tlemcen, Algeria (12-15 May), the CAA African Youth Championships in Bata, Equatorial Guinea (29 June-2 July), the World Youth Championships in Nairobi, Kenya (12-16 July), the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas (19-23 July) and the IAAF World Championships in London, England (4-13 August).


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