World Athletics U20 Championships postponed
March 25, 2020  

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“We discourage long runs and other forms of running outside your area and home. We pray that we shall all be safe and the virus shall come to pass. 'We are all affected in one way or the other and we call upon our athletes, coaches, administrators, support teams, staff and colleagues around Africa and worldwide, to unite in fighting the virus by doing what our governments advises us to do."

ASA WELCOMES POSTPONEMENT OF WORLD ATHLETICS U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS IN KENYA

Athletics South Africa has welcomed the official postponement of the World Athletics U20 Championships because of the Corona Virus.

The Championship had been scheduled for Nairobi, Kenya on 7-12 July 2020.

"It is a prudent decision by World Athletics to postpone the Championship given the global panic as a result of the spread of COVID-19," said ASA President, Aleck Skhosana.

"We cannot act normal when the situation around all of us is abnormal."

"We are going into a lockdown as a nation for the next 21 days as declared by the State President of the Republic of South Africa. That means our athletes too like every community must abide and fully comply with the declaration of the National State of Disaster which has been escalated to a lockdown.

"The benefit of complying will be huge for our athletes and membership as this will decrease the spread of virus from one place to another and from person to the other. We urge everyone to stay at home and travel when it is absolute necessary and to do so within the guideline stipulated by the State President. 

“We therefore discourage long runs and other forms of running outside your area and home. We pray that we shall all be safe and the virus shall come to pass. We are all affected in one way or the other and we call upon our athletes, coaches, administrators, support teams, staff and colleagues around Africa and worldwide, to unite in fighting the virus by doing what our governments advises us to do."

According to World Athletics, together with the government of Kenya, are working together to identify an appropriate alternative date convenient for the Championship