DSAC Minister Gave Conditional Approval

ASA CIRCULAR 53 OF 2020

DSAC MINISTER GAVE CONDITIONAL APPROVAL TO ASA TO COMMENCE


Dear ASA Members,

ASA Circular 48 (attached), regarding resumption of athletics competitions, as from 1 November 2020, and the related health and safety protocols during athletics competitions, has bearing.

  • CIRCULAR 48 - HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS DURING ATHLETICS COMPETITIONS - DOWNLOAD
  • CIRCULAR 48 OF 2020 - PROTOCOL TO FOLLOW DURING TRAINING AND COMPETITIONS - DOWNLOAD
  • CIRCULAR 53 OF 2020 - DSAC MINISTER GAVE CONDITIONAL APPROVAL TO ASA TO COMMENCE - DOWNLOAD
  • Letter Of Approval - DOWNLOAD

Please find attached the letter of approval from the Minister of the DSAC, giving conditional approval, to resume with the organizing of, and competing in, athletics events, as listed in Circular 48.

It is important that Compliance Officials are deployed at all ASA events, and all officials, and athletes, adhere to COVID-19 safety and health regulations, during competitions. Where Members do not have trained Compliance Officials, Members can contact the local Defence Force and/or Correctional Services branches to provide Compliance Officials to do duty at competitions.

With reference to ASA Rules “Section IX”, Off Road Running, and all its variations e.g. Cross Country Running, Mountain Running, Trail Running, Park Running, Course Running, Steps Running, Tunnel Running, Fell Running, Mud Running, etc, these events must be listed on the ASA National/Provincial Fixtures Lists, as approved by the Minister of DSAC, and will be monitored by the Compliance Officials appointed by the domicile provinces.

Where an event is hosted in domicile areas of provinces/clubs, but not listed on the ASA National/Provincial Fixtures Lists, such events must be reported to the local Police Services, whom will act according to the related legislations, as stated in the National State of Disaster Legislations. Where provinces/clubs fail to report such unregistered events to the Local Police Services, the relevant domicile province/club’s, within which the unregistered event took place, will be held accountable.

Please note that the Minister of the DSAC reserves the right to deploy independent officials to monitor the compliance of all members of Athletics South Africa. These Compliance Officials has already stopped high profile events in South Africa from taking place, as the events and athletes did not adhere to COVID-19 Health and Safety regulations.

The approval of 2021 ASA events and competitions, will depend on how Members will adhere to COVID-19 safety and health regulations. In this regard the Minister of the DSAC, will rely on recommendations from National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NICD), as to what extend athletics contributed to the rate of COVID-19 infections in South Africa, in November/December 2020.

Athletics greetings

Richard Stander

ASA ACEO

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