SABC, ASA agree to broadcast Comrades

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and Athletics South Africa (ASA) announced on Monday they have reached a one year agreement which will result in the Comrades, Cape Town Marathon and Soweto Marathons being broadcast this year.

Due to the dispute, The Two Oceans Marathon was not broadcast last month for the first time since live broadcasts of the event began.

The Comrades Marathon, which takes place on 9 June 2019, will be broadcast live on SABC 2 from 5.30am.

Dr Craig Van Rooyen, the Acting Chief Operations Officer of the SABC, stated that: “We are delighted with the agreement, as we are committed to the development of athletics in the county.

“This agreement also bears testimony to the fact that the SABC and ASA are keen on working together in promoting not only the sport, but also showcasing our local and global superstars, who inspire a nation.”

Aleck Skhosana, the President of Athletics South Africa said: “As ASA we look forward to further negotiations with the SABC for a three year contract, which will look into track and field events under ASA.

“All preparations for the marathons which we have now concluded an agreement on with the SABC, are underway. We would like to thank the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Acting Chief Operations Officer for ensuring that a deal is concluded between the two parties and we look forward to the nation being able to watch their icons and champions in action.”