Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
10 Mar 2016
6:40 pm

Varsity Athletics meeting gets green light

Wesley Botton

In-form sprinter Akani Simbine will headline next week's Varsity Athletics meeting at the University of Johannesburg, organisers revealed on Thursday, after confirming the event would go ahead as scheduled.

Akani Simbine. Photo: Roger Sedres/Gallo Images

“The crème de la crème of university athletics stars (will be) in action,” the organisers said in a statement.

Aside from Simbine, who set a new SA 100m record of 9.96 seconds in Pretoria on Tuesday, the provisional line-up also included former world 800m champion Caster Semenya, Youth Olympics 400m hurdles gold medallist Gezelle Magerman and World Student Games 400m champion Justine Palframan.

The opening leg of the track and field series was postponed last week after protests had erupted into a violent clash during a rugby match at the University of the Free State, which also resulted in the suspension of the Varsity Cup rugby competition. Varsity Sport confirmed earlier on Thursday the rugby league would resume at neutral venues next week.

It remained unclear whether the postponed Stellenbosch athletics meeting, one of only two legs in this year’s shortened student campaign, would take place at a later stage.