ASA botches athletics meeting venue

A DAY after it was revealed that the federation had awarded R295 000 in prize money to the wrong athletes in a ceremony on Tuesday, Athletics South Africa interim administrators faced further criticism yesterday for bungling the venue of a meeting in June.

A DAY after it was revealed that the federation had awarded R295 000 in prize money to the wrong athletes in a ceremony on Tuesday, Athletics South Africa interim administrators faced further criticism yesterday for bungling the venue of a meeting in June.

On Monday the federation said that five events would be held in South Africa next month to give athletes a chance to qualify for the African Championships and the Commonwealth Games later this year.

One of the events is scheduled to be held in Germiston on June 19 but Maggie Dicks, head of track and field at Central Gauteng Athletics, said the Herman Immelman Stadium was not available next month.

"A rugby club has booked the stadium for the whole season," Dicks said yesterday.

Dicks said she had tried to organise another venue for the meeting, but with it falling during the the Fifa World Cup, nothing was available. - Sapa

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