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Athletics South Africa has strong relay teams

Monday 20 March 2017 20:55

Lebohang Dube

The administration of Athletics South Africa seems to have stabilised.

The administration of Athletics South Africa seems to have stabilised.(SABC)

There is real passion from Athletics South Africa to put together strong relay teams.

Performances in the recent Speed Series meetings have convinced administrators that our athletes can compete against the best in the world.

The fourth speed series takes place on Wednesday, and the relay has taken centre stage.

This track will host the final Speed Series of the year and it's the relay competitions that have piqued interest.

The most highly anticipated will be the men's 4x100m.  

South Africa is in the challenge.

The team comprises four athletes who have run sub 10 seconds in the one hundred meters. Those stats set the team up as a medal contender at international competitions.

One of those will be in the Bahamas next month at the World Relay Championships.

"Now it’s a golden opportunity for South Africa to measure our relay team so now we are putting a strong team on Wednesday so that people can see that we have a strong team," says Central Gauteng Athletics president, James Moloi.  

While the men's relay team has become a focal point, there are also a number of young athletes who have raised their hands in their respective disciplines.

It's all part of development for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"Now we have started with the development and these youngsters are coming up very strong and the top athletes need watch out because they are running very well, our main aim is to prepare for the world champs and prepare for 2020 we want to send a very strong team we are very pleased with the development the coaches are behind us and supporting us," says Moloi.

The administration of Athletics South Africa seems to have stabilised.

"We know the problems of before and we have put the teams together then we are doing our level best to make it a point that everything is in order because our priorities are athletes more than anything else,” Moloi adds.

The Speed Series on Wednesday will begin with the women's 100 meters and long jump at seven o'clock in the evening.

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