A full domestic and international 2024 calendar has been released by Athletics South Africa (ASA), as the sporting code gears up for a big year ahead in a range of disciplines both home and abroad.
The local track and field fixtures list is centred around the premier event, the ASA Senior National Championships (including multi-events and relays), which will be held in Pietermaritzburg between 18-21 April.
The 2024 campaign will also cater for athletes in a variety of age groups, with the calendar including the ASA U16, U18, U20 and U23 National Championships taking place in Tshwane on 21-23 March; the Primary Schools National Championships to be held in Limpopo between 24-26 March. The National High Schools Championships will be in the Eastern Cape on 3-6 April, while the ASA Sub-Youth Championships in the Free State on 7 December.
Other top-flight events which are scheduled include two ASA Grand Prix meetings in Potchefstroom on 14 March and Tshwane on 18 March, as well as two Cape Milers Club/Endurocad Middle Distance Invitational meetings in Cape Town on 26 April and Stellenbosch on 29 April. All four events will form part of the World Athletics Continental Tour.
On the road, a packed fixtures list is on the cards, headlined by national championship events across all distances.
The road running calendar includes the ASA 50km Championships in Gqeberha on 25 February that will be incorporated in the city's Runified 50km race, the ASA 20km Race Walking Championships and Open International in Cape Town on 2 March, the ASA 10km Championships in Johannesburg on 10 March incorporated in the Race to Equality, the ASA Marathon Championships in Durban on 28 April incorporated in the Durban International Marathon. The ASA Half-Marathon Championships in Gqeberha on 1 June incorporated into the Nelson Mandela Bay Half-Marathon and the ASA 5km and Mile Championships in Bloemfontein on 26 October.
In cross country, the ASA Championships will be hosted by Athletics Vaal Triangle on 7 September.
The National Primary Schools and High Schools Cross Country Championships will be held in the Northern Cape on 27 and 28 September.
At international level, South African athletes will be given multiple opportunities to shine in track and field, road running and cross country.
The World Athletics Indoor Championships will take place in Glasgow, Scotland between 1-3 March, the World Athletics Cross Country Championships is in Belgrade, Serbia on 30 March, while the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships is in Turkey on 21 April and the World Athletics Relays is in Bahamas on 4 and 5 May. The CAA African Senior Championships will be held in Yaounde, Cameroon between 19-23 June, the World Athletics U20 Championships will take place in Lima, Peru between 26-31 August and the 100km World Championships is in India in November on a date yet to be confirmed.
Three multi-sport championships will also be contested this year at continental and global level.
The track and field competition at the African Games will be held in Accra, Ghana between 18-22 March, the Olympic Games will take place in Paris, France between 1-11 August and the Region 5 U20 Games will be in Windhoek, Namibia in December.
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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.