Athletics South Africa has released an updated 2022 fixtures list, with some adjustments being made to a packed local and international calendar.
Among the changes, the ASA Cross Country Trials, which had been provisionally scheduled to be held at Potchefstroom in the Northwest on 22 January, was cancelled after the international campaign was called off by World Athletics.
With the World Cross Country Championships already been postponed to next year, this season's CAA African Cross-Country Championships was also scratched off.
The continental event was initially scheduled for Lome but was postponed due to rising Covid cases in Togo. The Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) subsequently attempted to move the event to Nigeria, but it was ultimately called off due to the ongoing pandemic.
While the senior and junior cross-country seasons have taken a major knock, student athletes will still get a chance to compete at the highest level. The FISU World University Cross Country Championships is on the calendar and will take place in Aveiro, Portugal on 12 March.
“We have put up an exciting calendar for the year covering domestic and international fixtures. This calendar will help all to plan accordingly in terms of their training programmes and others. As the corona virus remains under control nationally, we hope that further concessions to relax the rules around fans, will be made sooner by the government.
“On Saturday we had a family meeting in which we met athletes and coaches. The athletes and coaches raised some important points on the flow of the current fixtures, and we will make the necessary considerations and adjust where we see a collective need.
“We hope that 2022 will be our comeback season from the destruction caused by corona pandemic. “Another event has also been added to the ASA road running calendar. With records having been shattered at last year's race, the 50km Nedbank Runified Breaking Barriers contest is again expected to host a world-class field. The race, a World Athletics Elite Label event, will be held in Gqeberha on 6 March.
In the only other change to the 2022 ASA fixtures list, a minor adjustment has been made to the international track and field calendar.
Originally scheduled to be held in Cali between 2-7 August, the World Athletics U20 Championships will now be held between 1-6 August, starting one day earlier than planned after the organisers advised that these dates were better suited to local needs in Colombia.