PLENTY OF action is on the cards for the 2020 athletics season, with the latest Athletics South Africa fixtures list reflecting a full calendar of events across a variety of disciplines both at home and abroad.
On the domestic circuit, multiple opportunities will be provided for athletes to qualify for major international championships. The 2020 season opens on Saturday, 18 January with the ASA Cross Country Trials, to be held in Potchefstroom.
The ASA National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships will take place in Pietermaritzburg on 20-21 March, with the Twizza ASA U16, U18 and U20 T&F Championships (incorporating the SASA National High School, LSEN & Deaf School Championships) hosted by Boland Athletics at Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl between 26-28 March.
The 3Sixty Life & Sizwe Medical Fund ASA Senior T&F and Combined Events Championships will be hosted by Athletics Gauteng North at Pilditch Stadium in Tshwane between 23-25 April.
In addition, the local track and field season will include three ASA Athletix Grand Prix meetings, to be held in Cape Town on 9 April, in Tshwane in 14 April and Potchefstroom on 18 April.
On the road, the ASA 10km Championships will be held in Durban on 12 July (incorporated into the FNB CitySurfRun), the ASA Half-Marathon Championships will be held in Port Elizabeth on 25 July (incorporated in the Nelson Mandela Bay Half-Marathon), and the ASA Marathon Championships will be held in Cape Town on 18 October (incorporated into the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon).
The domestic campaign will also feature the ASA National Cross Country Championships, taking place at Amanzimtoti, Durban on 5 September.
Elsewhere, on the international circuit, the 2020 season will focus around the Olympic Games, set for Tokyo, where the athletics competition will be held between 31 July and 9 August.
The international season also includes the CAA Africa Cross Country Championships scheduled for Lomé on a new date to be determined, the World Athletics Indoor Championships to be held in Nanjing between 13-15 March, the World Athletics Half-Marathon Championships in Gdynia on 29 March and the World Athletics Race Walking Team Championships in Minsk on 2-3 May.
There will also be CAA African Senior Championships in Algiers between 24-28 June, the World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi on 7-12 July and the IAU 100km World Championships scheduled for Winschoten on 12 September.
A list of all ASA fixtures is available on the website: www.athletics.org.za