Durban ready for Africa Athletics showdown- CAA

Athletics South Africa received the green light to go ahead to host the 20th Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Senior Championships, which will be held in Durban on June 22-26.

CAA vice president Vivian Gungaram will return on June 17 where he will conduct a refresher TOECS (Technical Officials Educational Course) and workshop on from June 18-20.

During Gungaram’s previous three-day visit, he did an intense inspection of the King’s Park Athletics Stadium that will host the event and other areas of interest and expressed satisfaction.

“On the synthetic track, the top granular texture of the surface of the whole track has been removed and polished.  Repairs where needed, have been effected. The track will also receive a 5mm top up of granular materials before the start of all measurements and markings by IAAF Experts.

“The same works has been done on all runways for jumps and Javelin. Two new circles for the Shot put have been fixed according to the specifications of IAAF on Track and Field facilities. These will help for the qualification phases of any competition where two groups are to be competing at the same time,” the CAA boss said.

According to the confederation’s Technical Delegate the cage for the Hammer and Discus throws is being attended to by the city and LOC to repair and consolidate the existing facility for the safety of athletes and spectators.

While two warm up areas have been set up which will be a 4-lanes synthetic area of 80m for sprinters and Hurdlers and a rugby pitch that is a 100m away from the starting line of the 110m hurdles.

“I got the opportunity to visit and walk on the course for the Walking Events. The course is flat and I concluded that the right venue has been chosen and it has already been measured.

“All competition management areas including Technical, Anti-Doping Station, Medical Room, Rest Room for Combined Events Athletes, VIP Areas, Protocol Area, Results Management Area and others, have been made available (catered for) by the LOC.

“After my visit at the stadium I’m convinced that the LOC and the City of Durban will make things happen with a big show. At the end of my inspection tour I expressed my total satisfaction,” Gungaram underscored.