The Southern Region has unveiled a new competition, to be called the CAA SR Track and Field Series.
This new competition which launches in 2018 as a one-day format catering for juniors and seniors, will be hosted in Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia.
Zambia will host 24 February and South Africa takes its turn on 28 March, while Mauritius will incorporate their version into their National Championships within the dates of 8 and 9 June.
Dates confirmations are pending from Botswana and Zimbabwe, and CAA SR will shortly announce the finalised calendar of the Series.
The region’s President described their closed-door meeting held recently in Johannesburg hosted by Athletics South Africa, as the most progressive in a long time. At the top of the priority list is preparation for major competition against the rest of Africa and the world in which the youth and junior age groups were identified as crucial.
It was also confirmed that Mauritius will be the host of the 2018 CAA Southern Region Cross Country Championships on 3 March, while South Africa will host for the 2019 version.
South Africa will also host the 2018 CAA Southern Region Half Marathon Championships which will be incorporated into the ASA Half Marathon Championships scheduled for Port Elizabeth on 28 July.
This follows meetings by member states on the side of the Olympic Games in Rio, the IAAF World Championships in London, at the CAA Congress in Rabat and at the Competition Organisers Meeting in Johannesburg last week, where we collectively agreed on a new approach to take our sport in Southern Region to a new level.
“We are re-inventing our region to take it to greater heights with fundamental restructuring in the youth, juniors and elite areas,” said CAA SR President, Moses Bantsi.
“We are revisiting the competition structure with a holistic approach on how our coaches prepare athletes, how we manage competitions, our marketing, re-branding and the training and re-training of technical officials.”
“In future these Series must give us the level of competition that you find at the IAAF Diamond League. We hope to package it in such a way that it attracts sponsorship and television,” explained Bantsi.
“Finally, we must strengthen women events, while we create a structured environment for our youth,” Bantsi said.