While the IAAF rule would be in force only in November, the ASA cross country commission had recommended the domestic rule be changed with immediate effect.
“The programme of the SA Cross Country Championships, scheduled for September 12, will be adjusted accordingly,” the federation told its members.
“Provinces are requested to implement this rule change in their league meetings and provincial championships in preparation for the SA Championships.”
The 2017 World Cross Country Championships in Kampala would be the first in the 42-year history of the event, the IAAF said, to divert from the previous standard distance of 12km for senior men. The women’s distance at the global showpiece was initially 4km before being officially increased to 6km in 1989, and later to 8km in 1998. Junior men and women would continue to race 8km and 6km respectively.