Saturday, 08 February 2020 12:38

Following the signing of the broadcast agreement between Athletics South Africa and the SABC a fortnight ago, the national federation released the broadcast schedule of events for the 2020 Athletics season. 

In what ASA has been hailed as a first time in more than a decade, all the ASA disciplines of Cross Country, Road Running and Track & Field will be broadcasted by the SABC as part of the deal. This will be in time slots that ASA believes will be more favourable to the viewers and Athletics followers.

“This is a milestone for us because we have finally found a balance for all events to be on broadcast,” said Aleck Skhosana. “This will also assist those who thought Athletics was only about road running, which is incorrect.

“The schedule also pre-answers questions of whether these will be transmitted live or delayed.  The first event to be broadcasted is the TWIZZA Super Schools Series which was held on 1 February (last Saturday). It will be on the screens on 7 March as it was accordingly scheduled as delayed. Tonight’s broadcast is part of ASA’s strategy to strengthen Schools Athletics in South Africa.

“It is important to note that due to other factors beyond each other’s control not every competition on our ASA National Fixtures List will be broadcast live. However, the major achievement for us is that we are once again going to have extensive broadcast coverage and that the dates and times are now clearer.”

In March and April, athletics will be broadcast every Saturday, with March seeing a focus on individual elite athletes, Relay Teams and the Olympic Games build up.

In April, the focus will be on the junior athletes qualifying for the 2020 WA World Junior Championships, as well senior athletes seeking to go to the 2020 Olympic Games.

Status of Broadcast

Day of event

Date of event

Name of Event

Broadcasting date on SABC

Time slot of broadcasting

Delayed

Saturday

1 Feb 2020

Super Schools Series Final

Saturday, 7 March

19h00 – 20h00

Delayed

Saturday

Feb 2020 ASA HP Centre

Interview with athletes in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games

Saturday 14 March 2020

19h00 – 20h00

Delayed

Saturday

February 2020 ASA HP Centre

Interview with athletes in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games

Saturday 21 March 2020

19h00 – 20h00

Delayed

Saturday

March 2020

ASA HP Centre

Viewing of ASA Relay Teams  in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games

Saturday 28 March 2020

19h00 – 20h00

Delayed

Saturday

26-28 March 2020

ASA National Youth & Juniors Championships

04 April 2020

18h30 – 20h30

Live

Saturday

11 April 2020

Two Oceans Marathon

11 April 2020

05:30 – 13h30

Delayed

Saturday

9 April 2020

ASA Grand Prix 1

11 April 2020

18h30 – 20h30

Delayed

Saturday

14 April 2020

ASA Grand Prix 2

18 April 2020

18h30 – 20h30

Delayed

Saturday

18 April 2020

ASA Grand Prix 3

25 April 2020

18h30 – 20h30

Delayed

Saturday

23-25 April 2020

ASA Senior Championships

02 May 2020

18h30 – 20h30

Delayed

Sunday

17 May 2020

FNB Cape Town12 OneRun

Sunday, 24 May 2020

13h00 – 14h00

Live

Sunday

14 June 2020

Comrades Marathon

14 June 2020

05:00 -13:00 

13:00 - 17h00 (opt in and out only)

17:00 – 18:00

Delayed

Sunday

12 July 2020

FNB Durban 10km CITYRUN

Sunday, 19 July 2020

13h30 – 14h00

Delayed

Sunday

25 July 2020

Nelson Mandela Bay Half Marathon

Sunday, 16 August 2020

13h30 – 14h00

Live

Sunday

30 August 2020

Nelson Mandela Marathon

30 August 2020

05h30 – 11h00

Delayed

Sunday

5 Sep. 2020

ASA Cross Country Championships

Sunday, 13 September 2020

13h30 – 14h00

Delayed

Thursday

24 Sep. 2020

FNB 10k City SurfRun

Sunday, 19 July 2020

13h30 – 14h00

Live

Sunday

18 Oct. 2019

Cape Town Marathon

18 Oct. 2019

05:30 – 11:00

Live

Sunday

01 Nov. 2020

Soweto Marathon

01 Nov. 2020

05:00 – 11:00