BAA, race organisers clash over new demands

Challenging start: Diacore marathon organisers have complained about the new regulations
Challenging start: Diacore marathon organisers have complained about the new regulations

Organisers of major marathons in the country have rejected the new Botswana Athletics Association (BAA) standards for road races under the new hosting guidelines.

These guidelines are for clubs, competition providers, and stakeholders. The marathon organisers have agreed to pay for a license but cannot afford the other fees that the association is demanding. According to the new standards for road races, a payment of P50, 000 is required to obtain the application form/licence.

There shall be a payment of 30% of the registration fees for the non-competitive (Fun Run) part of the event to the BAA and 20% of the registration fees for the competitive (10km, 21km, and 42.2km) part of the event to the BAA. All participating athletes should have a valid licence from the BAA.

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