The fourth of our New Balance Journey to the Comrades Marathon Webinars with Run Talk SA was anchored by Brad Brown tonight, with guests Lindsey Parry and Louise Bembridge-Carter. The trio chat about what you should be doing right now from a training perspective as well as what you should be focusing on for the next four weeks. Our resident dietician, Louise Bembridge-Carter tells us how to avoid overdoing things this festive season.
We also chat about Achilles tendon injuries, the Boston Marathon, compression gear for running, protein peptides and the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) Diet that Professor Tim Noakes advocates
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The December 2013 edition of Modern Athlete is out. You can access the digital version below or subscribe to it free here. As always the magazine is packed with some awesome articles. Read about the phenomenal Landie Greyling, The King of Comrades Bruce Fordyce, learn more about the Park Run explosion in South Africa and singing sensation Danny K tells them why he runs.Share This Post
Check out the highlights of the Eleven Global Sun City 2013 that took place on the weekend of the 9th and 10th of November 2013 below:Share This Post
Athletics SA (ASA) president James Evans says the annual general meeting (AGM) held on Saturday where the federation’s entire board was dissolved is unconstitutional and invalid.
Neither Evans nor vice-president Hendrick Ramaala were in attendance as they were appearing in a Johannesburg High Court to uphold Thursday’s decision to suspend five members of the provincial boards.
Evans said a notice was sent to all members of ASA that the AGM would have to be postponed until the High Court matter was concluded.
“Undeterred, and while the High Court matter was being heard, and in the absence of the president and vice-president of ASA, who were at the High Court, certain members of ASA, led by the five provincial affiliates who had forced ASA into court, insisted on the AGM continuing,” Evans said in a statement on Sunday.
“More alarmingly, the ‘meeting’ then chose to not follow the agenda, but instead considered a motion to remove the board, for which no notice had been given and which was not on the agenda.”
A seven-member interim board was appointed at the AGM to run the sport for the next six months, after which another annual general meeting would be called and elections would be held.
The seven board members were Tebogo Masehla, Harold Adams, Aleck Skhosana, Jakes Jacobs, Daan du Toit, Steven Khanyile and Sello Mokoena.
Evans said the AGM did not take place since no item on the agenda was discussed while the Annual Report and the Annual Financial Statements were not tabled or discussed.
“Members of ASA who had not met the requirements for participation at the AGM because they do not have audited financial statements for 2012, were permitted to participate in the charade on 30 November 2013,” he said.
Evans said for a resolution to remove directors they must, according to the Companies Act, be given 30 days notice of the motion, while they should also be given an opportunity to make a presentation before the matter is put to a vote.
He said the High Court matter had been postponed to February 4, 2014 when a final decision would be made.
The IAAF was planning a visit to South Africa in January to address the ongoing impasse in the sport, Evans said.
“In the meantime the office and board of ASA will do everything within its power to ensure that the sport continues to run and that teams are entered and accepted by the IAAF and the CAA,” he said.
He said the IAAF constitution made it clear that “in the event of a conflict that brings the activities of a member to a standstill, an ad hoc committee may be set up, for a defined period, to be in charge of the management of athletics in the country or territory concerned”.
An ad hoc committee also had to be approved by the IAAF in advance.
“No prior approval was given by the IAAF to form such an ad hoc committee,” Evans said.
“Asking for permission after it has been done does not comply with the clause — the IAAF has made that clear before.”
Evans warned that if the interim board that was appointed on Saturday interfered with the running of ASA, it would place the federation’s membership of the IAAF in jeopardy. – SAPAShare This Post
Embattled president James Evans was ousted and a seven-member interim board appointed to run Athletics SA (ASA) at an annual general meeting (AGM) in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The existing ASA board was dissolved with the interim board appointed for six months, after which a meeting would be held to elect a new board.
Speaking on behalf of the acting board, Mokoena said they had been given a mandate to sort out the federation.
“As it stands now Athletics South Africa is under interim leadership. Seven interim directors have been appointed today to run the affairs and try to normalise the situation,” Mokoena said.
He said the process to remove the board started on Friday at a Special General Meeting in Johannesburg.
“It started with 11 provinces saying ‘enough is enough’ and deciding to put a motion in place to deal with the problems at ASA.
“Chief among them (the problems) was the non-progress and the difficulties of the board working together. The provinces decided the board needed to be held jointly-accountable for the situation ASA found itself in.
“The other provinces joined the 11, and the meeting was held last night.”
Mokoena said it was a unanimous decision to sack the board and he reiterated that the AGM was held in accordance with the ASA and IAAF constitution.
“Right at the point of Boland proposing the motion, the IAAF was informed. The first step come Monday is to speak to important stakeholders among the IAAF, Sascoc (SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) and the Department of Sport,” Mokoena said.
He said the interim board was likely to appoint a chairman on Monday, while Mokoena, along with Du Toit and Masehla, would go to the ASA offices on Monday and meet with the staff.
Mokoena said the first item on the interim board’s agenda was to look into the federation’s financial status.
“The seven interim board members will need to know exactly what is happening in terms of the finances and operations of ASA,” he said.
“We are here are simply to ensure the athletics program runs… and that will require other resources which may need other stakeholders.
“It is common knowledge that the sport doesn’t have any sponsors… the private sector needs return on their investment and, at the moment, we don’t have a return for them.”
At the end of June, Sascoc suspended ASA after its members ignored sanctions placed on its board.
The suspension was in terms of Clause 9.3 of Sascoc’s Articles of Association which gave it the power to “suspend, fine and terminate” the membership of any federation which infringed the Sascoc constitution or brought the organisation into disrepute.
Mokoena believed Saturday’s decision would pave the way for the Olympic body to lift the suspension.
Neither Evans nor Hendrick Ramaala attended the AGM as they were appearing in a Johannesburg High Court attempting to uphold Thursday’s decision to suspend five members of ASA’s provincial boards.
“The five members ignored the dispute resolution mechanisms in the Constitutions of Athletics South Africa and Sascoc and [were] also in violation of the rules of the IAAF,” Evans said in a statement on Saturday.
It emerged later on Saturday, the high court judge would not grant Evans an interdict and instead suggested Evans seeks arbitration to resolve his differences with the board members. – SAPAShare This Post
This morning saw yet another cyclist needlessly knocked down by a taxi while riding in the yellow lane. According to Andrew Mclean, well known cyclist Johan Labuschagne was commuting to work when the incident occurred in Sandton. The nine time Absa Cape Epic finisher, Labuschagne, is being treated at the Sandton Medi Clinic for injuries which include fractured cheek bones, a fractured wrist as well soft tissue damage and lacerations.
Once again, as always happens following an incident of this nature, there was an outpouring of well wishes, support and anger on various social media networks. These are just a cross section of some of the tweets that were posted since the incident this morning:
Another cyclist victim to our dangerous roads! Wishing Johan Labuschagne speedy recovery! Time to actively stand 2gether to influence change
— Ashleigh Moolman (@ashleighcycling)
Please keep 9x finisher Johan Labuschagne in your thoughts, he was run down by a taxi while commuting to work.We wish him a speedy recovery!
— Absa Cape Epic (@AbsaCapeEpic)
Very sad to hear about the accident involving Johan Labuschagne. We send our best wishes to him and his family. This carnage needs to stop.
— Jeroen Swart (@JeroenSwart)
Can't believe it, and Johan Labuschagne knocked off their bikes in one week.
— Bruce Diesel (@brucediesel)
Johan Labuschagne was involved in a terrible accident, taxi hit him in the yellow shoulder Unacceptable.
— Andrew Mclean (@AndrewMclean)
Terrible! Well wishes Johan Labuschagne “: Taxi takes out lone cyclist in yellow lane. 06h30 – Bryanston ”
— Bonitas Pro Cycling (@BonitasCycling)
Wishing Johan Labuschagne a speedy recovery. A great ambassador for cycling.
— MTN Panorama Tour (@panoramatour)
Police need to be harder on "little" law infractions and the bigger ones will fall into place. Cyclist hit by taxi
— Steve Bryant (@Steve_Bryant)
Not even the yellow lane is safe any more for cyclists. Enough is enough, taxi hits Johan Labuschagne.
— Leo (@locueh)
My thoughts & prayers go out 2 da of family Johan Labuschagne, get better soon. hope u get thrown in jail & keythrown away..
— Mpho Alpheus (@Modungoam)
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Johan Labuschagne knocked down, we chat to Andrew Mclean, JMPD’s Edna Mamonyane & the PPA’s Steve Hayward – Cycle Talk SA Episode 18
This morning was abuzz with news that Johan Labuschange was knocked off his bicycle whilst riding in the yellow lane in Johannesburg. On this episode of Cycle Talk SA:
We chat to Andrew Mclean, who tweeted the pictures of the accident as well as those of the taxi that is accused of knocking Johan off his bike.
Brad spoke to Superintendent Edna Mamonyane, the spokesperson for the JMPD, about the accident and what the JMPD is doing to stop this behaviour on our roads.
Steve Hayward, chairman of the Pedal Power Association touched base with us about what we as cyclists can do to stay safe on the roads.
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The International Triathlon Union (ITU) today announced an addition to the 2014 World Triathlon Series calendar. For the first time ever, a World Triathlon Series event will be held on the continent of Africa with a race slated to be held at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa on April 26-27, 2014.
The World Triathlon Cape Town race will serve as the second stop on the eight-city tour, which kicks off in Auckland on April 5-6. Cape Town is one of only two cities to debut on the WTS calendar in 2014, with Chicago also hosting an event for the first time.
“We have been working to secure a WTS event in Africa for a long time,” ITU President and IOC Member Marisol Casado said. “We are very excited to bring our fast paced, action-packed style of racing there. The location is an ideal spot for premium racing, and will also serve as an important development tool for all of Africa.”
Race organizers have proposed a two-lap 1500m swim within the V&A Waterfront, followed by a scenic eight-lap 40km bike ride along Beach Road and a four-lap 10km run with constant ocean views for the elites. The weekend of events will also include races for mass participation events. Furthermore, the heart of the event will be the Race Village hosted at the Look Out Venue at the V&A Waterfront which will feature a lifestyle expo and will contain grand stands from where the public has a clear view of the finish line.
“South Africans are passionate about sport, and will be very excited to have another world-class, premium sporting event to add to their active lifestyles,” said Bruce Parker – Forsyth, CEO of the local delivery partner, WORLDSPORT.
Age groupers will have the option to choose between a standard Olympic distance courses or hone their speed skills on a sprint course. Standard and sprint distance team relays are also on the schedule, offering a race for all abilities. In addition to the competitions, athletes will be treated to a weekend full of festivities; including sundown concerts, a race exhibition, kids & family races.
“The World Triathlon Series is an exciting multi-city global series, during which athletes earn points throughout the season for a chance to be crowned the ITU Triathlon World Champion at the Grand Final,” said CEO Lagardère Unlimited Events AG Christian Toetske. “Every 2014 WTS event will feature age-group races, with all elite women’s and men’s races broadcast live to an international audience in more than 160 countries, as well as streamed online live. Equally importantly these events give the public the opportunity to compete on a World Triathlon Series stage.”
“We are proud to see Cape Town, South Africa – indeed Africa added to the World Series calendar,” said Debbie Alexander, President of Triathlon South Africa. “This event will contribute to the continued growth of Triathlon in not only South Africa – but Africa”
If you would like to hear more about it listen to Tri Talk SA’s interview with Iain Banner below (or read more about it here):
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ITU Add Cape Town to 2014 World Series, First Ascent Tri Suits & Gaelyn Cokayne’s Inspiring Triathlon Journey – Tri Talk SA Episode 20
We have two really big announcements on this week’s episode of Tri Talk SA with some inspiration thrown into the mix for good measure. On Episode 20:
We chat about the announcement that the ITU World Series will be coming to Cape Town in 2014. The announcement has just been made and Brad spoke with Iain Banner, who was one of the individuals who were instrumental in getting the event to come to Cape Town.
First Ascent have also announced that they are to introduce a brand new range of Tri Suits into the South African market for the first time. Brad caught up with the First Ascent’s brand manager Stacey Rehbock to find out more about the gear that will be in stores from 2 December. To find out more head to their , or .
We get a serious dose of inspiration from Gaelyn Cokayne who shares her story with about how she went from being seriously overweight to training for her first Ironman 70.3 triathlon. As discussed on the show, you can check out , or .
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The Aftermath of the Salomon Sky Run with Adrian Saffy, Andrew Mckay & Nathalie Romeo – Trail Talk SA Episode 16
By all accounts last week’s 2014 Salomon Sky Run turned out to be an epic experience. We thought on this week’s episode of Trail Talk SA we would speak to some of the people involved, behind the scenes and as athletes. On Episode 16:
Brad spoke to one of the race organisers Adrian Saffy about what went into the decision to call the race off midway through the event. The pair discussed the events leading up to the call being made and how difficult it was to get the athletes off the mountain.
Andrew Mckay described to Brad what it was like to be on the mountain in the midst of the storm. Andrew told Brad about a stretch of the race where the winds really created havoc for him and his fellow athletes.
Brad caught up with Nathalie Romeo about her experience. As you will hear Nathalie has already forgotten the hardships endured and is ready for the 2014 Sky Run.
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