Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
1 Dec 2019
7:34 am

ASA finally doing something to awaken a dormant relay culture

Wesley Botton

Now, however, with Athletics South Africa seemingly stabilised, they have no excuses, and it’s a relief to hear that they’re finally doing something about it.

Wesley Botton.

A few years ago, a track discipline which had been lying dormant for decades exploded across the country and South African sprinting entered a new era. Since 2014, the likes of Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk and Anaso Jobodwana have joined the ranks of the global elite, while the depth of local sprinting has been lifted to new heights. Add to this the conveyor belt of talented young sprinters who are being churned out annually, and South African sprinting is in a healthier state than it has ever been. It’s probably in a better state than many could have imagined...