Athletes Excited As CGA Host Its 1st Track & Field Of The Season

Central Gauteng Athletics Track and Field season hit the ground with a bang on Saturday 20 February 2021 at Boksburg Stadium.

This time CGA Track and Field attracts all athletes across the neighbour provinces including 7 international athletes from Qatar and Italy respectively. Qatar was the host of the 2019 World Athletics (IAAF) Championships that saw great performances despite the humid weather conditions.

In following the COVID-19 regulations, there were no spectators allowed at the stadium to experience these great performances. CGA had partnered with Backtrack and FitGen to bring this exciting action through live streaming. The full competition will be also available on Central Gauteng Athletics’ YouTube channel.

The day started well for South African long-distance runner Irvette van Zyl of Nedbank AGN who secured first position in the 5,000m Senior Women category clocking 16:55.10. Van Zyl displayed her strength from the start of 100m taking a lead from her teammate Stella Marais who secured the second position in a time of 17:29.80 after a very competitive battle with Cornelia Joubert who settled for the third position in the time of 18:20.

The event of the day has to be the 5,000m Senior Men category, which was classified as a do or die event among the two training partners Precious Mashele and Desmond Mokgobu from the training group of the renowned athlete Hendrick Ramaala. Mashele accelerated from Mokgobu in the 8th lap and maintained the pace without looking back with an exceptional performance of 14:11.40. Mokgobu did not disappoint in giving Mashele a hard time as he settled in second position clocking 14:34.90, while the focus was on two training partners Marco Bucarizza appeared unanticipated towards the finish line clocking 4:56.60.

Another stunning performance was long jump senior men that showcased the battle of Gauteng Universities (UJ and Tuks), which saw UJ athlete Johnson Cheswell, Pretorious Fredriech of Tuks, and Schultz Christiaan of UJ battling it out for the top position. Fredriech’s strategy paid off in the 3rd attempt which was exceptional to secure the second position for him in the distance of 6.88m. Christiaan of who is in fine form claimed the third position in 5.68m. Cheswell claimed the first position with 8.18m following his early 3rd position in the senior men 100m in the time of 10.89.
Lythe Pillay closed the day with the 400m senior men event in style, as he confirmed during the warm-up session that today’s event will be filled with excitement: “You gonna see a show”. He was faced with the likes of Ibrahim Ismail of Qatar who took the event by storm, leading the race up to the first 250m mark. Pillay’s face was tense and full of determination as he closed the gap in the last 150m to the finish line clocking 45.74. Ismail was left with disbelieve to settle for the second position in the time of 47.17.

Kind regards,

CGA Track and Field Commission:
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Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
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Resuming of 2021 CGA Track & Field Season – 20 February 2021

Central Gauteng Athletics Track and Field season has been given a green light to resume, with the first Track and Field Meeting scheduled on the 20 February 2021 at Boksburg Stadium.

Following weeks of efforts engaging with Ekurhuleni Municipality with great consideration of our athletes especially those that are looking forward to qualifying for continental and international competitions including Olympic Games to have some form of competition. We are looking forward to this competition and looking forward to having a great track meeting.

The event will be a pre-entries only, athletes and coaches can enter using this link:

Athletes: https://tinyurl.com/20feb2021Athletes

Coaches: https://tinyurl.com/coaches20feb

Registrations (Athletes): https://tinyurl.com/20febathletesregistrations

Registrations (Coaches): https://tinyurl.com/20febcoachesregistrations

As part of complaining about COVID-19 regulations, coaches will also be required to register on the above link. Only affiliated coaches will be allowed access to the stadium. Entries for coaches and athletes’ registration will be closed on the 17 February 2021.

No spectators will be allowed at the stadium. The entry fee for athletes is R20 and no temporary licenses will be sold for this event.

The event will be following strict safety protocols as per ASA and Government COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the below General Information and regulations to be adhered to at competition venue:

  1.  NO MASK. NO ENTRY
  2. SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AT ALL TIMES
  3. KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 2m AT ALL TIMES
  4. ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE TWO VALID 2020 ASA LICENSE NUMBER- NO TEMPORARY LICENSES WILL BE ON SALE
  5. NO SPECTATORS AT THE EVENT
  6. COVID-19 HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE COMPLETED BY ATHLETES, TECHNICAL OFFICIALS AND REGISTERED COACHES BEFORE ENTERING THE STADIUM ( SEE THE ATTACHED FORM)
  7. ONLY PRE-ENTRIES, NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY OF COMPETITION, ENTRY FEE IS R20 PER ATHLETE
  8. ONLY PRE REGISTERED AND AFFILIATED ASA/CGA COACHES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE STADIUM
  9. NO COACH WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE COMPETITION AREA
  10. ATHLETES TO REPORT ONE HOUR BEFORE THEIR EVENT TO THE OUTSIDE BALLROOM (Registration Table)
  11. NO FOOD/ TUCKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE STADIUM- PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS
  12. WARM-UP AREA WILL BE ON LONG JUMP AND POLE VAULT RUN-UP AT THE BACK OF THE TRACK
  13. FIELD ATHLETES MUST MAKE SURE THE IMPLEMENT ARE SANITIZED BEFORE EACH ATTEMPT
  14. ONLY 4 ATTEMPTS FOR ALL FIELD EVENTS AND HIGH JUMP AS PER THE RULES
  15. ALL SPRINT EVENTS ONLY 4 ATHLETES PER HEAT WILL BE ALLOWED
  16. ALL MIDDLE DISTANCE RACES ONLY 10 ATHLETES PER HEAT
  17. ATHLETES CAN ONLY REMOVE THE MASK WHEN COMPETING AND PUT BACK AS SOON AS HE/SHE IS FINISHED WITH THE ATTEMPT OR RACE

We would appreciate if you can share this information with your respective athletes and coaches.

Herewith, please find the attached updated 2021 Track & Field Fixtures, and Programme for the Track & Field League to be held on 20 February 2021.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 20th February 2021 at Boksburg Stadium.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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Postponement of CGA Track and Field 2021 Inaugural Meet

Central Gauteng Athletics planned Track and Field league Meeting for the 23 January 2021 is, unfortunately, postponement till further notice.

In the past few weeks our efforts of engaging with Ekurhuleni Municipality with great consideration of our athletes especially those that are looking forward to qualifying for continental and international competitions including Olympic Games to have some form of competition. The last announcement by President Ramaphosa following the second wave outbreak and the adjusted alert level 3, the Municipality who are the owners of the facility has not approved the use of the stadium for competitions. We are also in conversation with the University of Johannesburg regarding the use of their facilities which is also not available due to the current alert level 3.

As part of contributing to the fight to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic we have accepted the disapproval by Ekurhuleni Municipality on using the stadium for competitions till the next expected address by President Ramaphosa on the National State of Disaster before the 15 February 2021 and hopefully the lowering of the alert levels to allow for competitions. We will keep the clubs updated on the developments in this regard.

We, therefore, reiterate that as much as our athletes’ need to have competition, the lives of our athletes, coaches, technical officials and the office staff is our priority, we will continue to protect our members from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Herewith, please find the attached updated Track and Field Fixtures for 2021 and the ASA recent Circular regarding the suspension of events for 2 weeks.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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CGA Runners Close Track Finale League

Central Gauteng Athletics runners shine over the festive season at the 2020 CGA Track and Field finale held on Saturday, 05 December 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.

After disappointing rain showers in the morning, CGA Track and Field Commission in consultation with Technical Committee had to call off certain events mainly on the field (Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shotput, Javelin, Discus and Triple jump) as a result of slippery and unsafe conditions which may harm or injure the athletes. The event continued with track events in the middle distance including the race walk.

The first event of the day was the race walk which shows walkers’ first competitive event since the COVID-19 outbreak. Neo Moloi and Thuto Mokoena competed in the 3km Race Walk distance who strode to victory in a drizzling rainy condition. It was really hard to determine who is going to win the race until Mokoena accelerated to leave a gap of one meter breaking from his rival. In the last lap at the 200-meter mark, Moloi picked up his pace to convincingly finish second behind Thuto Mokoena in outstanding times of 14:42.80 and 14:57.90 respectively.

The day started well for Casey Bosman with her exceptional performance, following her injury during the COVID-19 Alert level 4 lockdown. She was part of a very competitive 5,000m event as a junior athlete with the lineup including the likes of Dempster Mega and other prominent senior athletes. Dempster Megan who led the race up until the last lap with Casey taking the lead in the final lap to secure her victory in the time of 18:36.58 and Dempster settled for the second place clocking 18:49.11. “I wasn’t worried about the position, all l have been doing was to train for good times considering that I’ll be a senior next year meaning l have to better my times”, said Casey Bosman during the post-interview.

One of the most remarkable events of the day was the 5,000m senior men event, which saw a total of 17 athletes lining up at the start. Precious Mashele who was the day’s favourite as he ran against time with his face determined to clock under the 14 minutes mark to cross the finish line in 13:58.9. Mashele who is preparing to run the 2021 KYOTO Marathon in Japan next year February. The second position was taken by Dylan van der Merwe who also won the Alberton 10km race at the beginning of November in the time of 15:06.

In the 1,500m senior men event, we saw a battle of UJ runners which was between Maxime Chaumeton, Elvis Mokhonoana and Boikanyo Motlhamme without any disappointment produced a great performance. Maxime proved to be a better runner when he settled the event with a season’s personal best time of 03:46.93 to crush off the time of 3:55 set by Elvis Mokhonoana at CGA Open Meeting held on the 5 October 2019 in Germiston Stadium. Mokhonoana improved his PB by 4 seconds to finish 2nd in 03:51.03, while Motlhamme took the 3rd place in the time of 03:54.06.

The Commission and Technical Committee thanked all the athletes, coaches who supported the returning of track and field under COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking at having even more support in the New Year with the first track meeting expected to take place on the 23 January 2021.

Herewith the link for the Results of the 2020 CGA Track and Field Season:

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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CGA Final Track League to stream live on Saturday, 5 December 2020

Boksburg Stadium Live Stream

Central Gauteng Athletics has partnered with FitGen for the live streaming of 2020 CGA Track and Field finale. This prodigious event under the COVID-19 protocols will be held for the second time on Saturday, 05 December 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.

Following strict safety protocols COVID-19 pandemic, no spectators are allowed at the stadium to witness exceptional performances live. We thought there is no better way to bring this exciting action straight to your hand by streaming the event live.

FitGen is a supplement provider with a focus on youth athletes performance nutrition. Chantelle Breytenbach, CEO and founder of FitGen said during an interview that she is looking forward to this great partnership allowing families of athletes to be part of their athletics participation and letting members of CGA enjoy athletics during these challenging lockdown conditions.

Anyone can view the league event through live streaming using the below link with the first event commencing at 09h30. Watch the CGA Track and Field Event live on the 05th of December 2020 at a cost of R75 for live streaming and R25 per action photo. To pre-book, click on the below links.

Herewith is the link for streaming:

Due to a number of enquiries and demand for action photos of athletes in the competition, we have also included a platform for athletes to order their photos.

Herewith is the link for photographs:

We would appreciate if you can share this information with your respective athletes, coaches, and parents.

Herewith, please find the attached Programme for the Track and Field League to be held on the 5 December 2020.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
Facebook: Central Gauteng Athletics

Return of CGA Track & Field Meeting at Boksburg Stadium | 14 November 2020

Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted the first-ever track and field event since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first meeting of its kind to be held with no spectators (following strict safety protocols as per ASA and Government COVID-19 regulations). CGA Track and Field Commission, including athletes, technical officials, stadium workers, medical team, and CGA staff did not disappoint to produce the best event in history over this past Saturday, 14 November 2020.

After all participants adhered to the strict safety protocols of COVID-19, a long-awaited moment commenced with the boys U17 battling it out in the 3,000m event.  Johannes Morepe, born in Limpopo Province, appeared on the scene in the last 600m leading the pack with over a lap to his victory of 08:50.46.

Among the favourite race of the day was the Senior women 3,000m event which was combined with the U19 girls which were considered to be an exciting event. Gene Coetzee took command of the race after the second lap, followed by the senior women, Joubert Cornelia who was running steadily to close a gap of 100m from her rival. Coetzee proved to be the better runner, ending the race in a time of 10:15.5. Immediately after her victory, she took off her new running shoes claiming that they were tight and hurting badly and had to walk barefoot. In the post-interview, Coetzee said, “l have been training hard and doing a lot of strength work and the results are paying off. Today’s victory is just a test towards the preparations for 2021 ASA Cross Country Trials in January 2021”.

Flooks Heinrich of Kempton Park Athletics Club sprinted alone over a distance of 110m Hurdles in the Boys U19 category. He was running drawing strength from his full-length arms with his face determined to clock under 15.00 seconds. Fortunately, he crossed the finish line in 14.43, which is a good time considering his preparation for 2021 U20 World Championships to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

A Junior athlete who has already been named in the 2021 U20 World Championships squad, Mvuyo Moss, joined the Boys U19 in the 100m event.  He proved to be the rising star across the province with his 100m performance in the time of 10.72.

Field events were going to be a challenge considering with protocols that after every athlete’s attempt, the equipment had to be sanitized. This critical protocol in fighting the spread of COVID-19 did not discourage the athletes as Zonica Lindeque improved her PB in shotput event (3kg) with a distance of 16.61m.

The last event of the day was the High Jump senior women event, where UJ training partners, Julia Du Plessis and Mariette Botha opposed each other to get on top of the bar. Julia Du Plessis, who recently recovered from throat cancer had 7 attempts to finish second in the height of 1.55m. On 8th attempt, Botha excelled with a great technique to overcome her rivals to finish on top in the height of 1.60m.

CGA Track and Field Chairperson, Maggie Dicks, said this meeting was merely to assist athletes who haven’t qualify for various National Teams and also to assist athletes in the Olympic Squad to prepare. “l must say most of our athletes and coaches complied with the COVID-19 rules and protocols put in place, including the registration process for coaches to try and keep to numbers given by the government for safe returning to athletics competitions. Overall, we are glad that the event went well”.

 

Looking forward to seeing you again on the 5 December 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
Facebook: Central Gauteng Athletics