Following its agreement with Athletics SA, the SABC has released the broadcast schedule for the 2020 athletics season.
In the SABC schedule, only four events will be broadcast live: the Two Oceans Marathon, Comrades Marathon, Nelson Mandela Marathon, and Cape Town Marathon. The rest of the 19 events will have delayed broadcasts.
All the ASA disciplines of cross country, road running and track & field will be broadcast by the SABC as part of the deal.
“This is a milestone for us, because we have finally found a balance for all events to be on broadcast,” said ASA President Aleck Skhosana. “This will also assist those who thought athletics was only about road running, which is incorrect.
In March and April, athletics will be broadcast every Saturday, with March seeing a focus on individual elite athletes, relay teams and the Olympic Games build-up.
In April, the focus will be on the junior athletes qualifying for the 2020 World Junior Championships, as well as senior athletes seeking to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.