All eyes will be on the 2023 ASA Technical Officials Symposium to be held eThekwini this weekend.
Under the appropriate theme of The New Era, a total of 93 participants will descend on the South Beach Garden Court Hotel in Durban for a two-day summit starting on Friday (19 May) and wrapping up on Saturday (20 May).
The focus of the symposium will be on the World Athletics (WA) new Technical Officials gradings as pronounced by WA in September 2022.
Previously the training systems were known as TOECS (Technical Officials Education Certification System) but participants will now be migrated to the new WA training system called the World Athletics Referees Education Certification System (WARECS), where emphasis will also be on how these will be adapted to ASA Rules and Regulations in the current 2023 season. In short, the symposium will pave way forward for the new WARECS in South Africa.
That includes focus on Assizing, Starting, Race Walk, Route measurements, Events Operation Systems and these will be facilitated by ASA's highest qualified and experienced International Technical Officials (ITOs).
"We are happy to return at this appropriate time to update ourselves and catch up with the new era of world rules to enable our TOs, athletes and coaches to align.
"We thank our member KZN Athletics for allowing us to host this symposium in their province which will allow for the upgrade of our Technical Officials, equipping them for domestic and international assignments.
"This is not a grading exercise, but will equip participants to return to their provinces and share with their own Technical Officials and province," said James Moloi, the President of Athletics South Africa.
Moloi will be accompanied by his Deputy, Shireen Noble. The symposium will be commanded by Ntathu Gwadiso, the ASA Board Member coordinating Technical Officials and Sipho Shawe, the chairperson of Technical Officials Committee.
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Athletics South Africa (ASA) is the national governing body for the sport of athletics (including Track and Field, Cross Country, Road Running and Race Walking) in South Africa, is a member of World Athletics and the Confederation of African Athletics. The association was formed in 1995 and is based in Johannesburg.