Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
2 Mar 2016
5:01 pm

Varsity Athletics series suspended due to protests

Wesley Botton

This followed the suspension of the Varsity Cup rugby competition, which was announced last week.

FILE PICTURE: Andre Olivier. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The annual Varsity Sports campaign took another knock on Wednesday when the opening leg of the track and field series was postponed.

This followed the suspension of the Varsity Cup rugby competition, which was announced last week after protests had erupted into a violent clash during a match at the University of the Free State.

The first of two legs in the Varsity Athletics series was scheduled to be hosted by Stellenbosch University at Coetzenburg Stadium on Friday.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone the Varsity Athletics competition to allow universities across the country the opportunity to address various challenges faced at their respective campuses,” said Varsity Sports chief executive Duitser Bosman.

Ensuring the safety of students, spectators and participants, according to Bosman, was the main priority for the organisers.

“We will continue monitoring developments and make an informed decision on whether the second Varsity Athletics competition, scheduled for 18 March in Johannesburg, should continue,” he said.