Para-elite on track for Germiston

Johannesburg, 24 February 2012 – Ekurhuleni’s Germiston Stadium will not only play host to the first leg of the prestigious Athletics South Africa (ASA) Yellow Pages Series this Saturday, the event is also the first International Paralympic Committee (IPC) approved able-body athletics meeting in Gauteng. For the first time in the stadiums history, able and disabled track and field athletes will compete side-by-side for a chance to qualify for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Only the country’s elite para-athletes are invited to participate at the first of two Interprovincial meetings, the second of which is taking place in Belville on March 3rd. The group, consisting of SASCOC’s High Performance (OPEX) squad, will include athletes like Arnu Fourie, Samkelo Radebe, Jonathan Ntutu, Fanie van der Merwe, Teboho Mokgalagadi and possibly Oscar Pistorius – all of whom competed at the IPC World Championships last year.

Because the Germiston event is IPC approved, the athletes are given the opportunity to compete locally while still having their achievements recognized by the international committee. With the 2012 London Games mere months away, the competition is sure to provide some exciting, record-breaking performances by all involved as athletes work for a spot on South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic teams.

The first Yellow Pages Interprovincial meeting takes place on Saturday, February 25th, at the Germiston Stadium. Gates open at 11h00 and the first event will start at 13h00. Tickets can be bought at the gate at R25 for adults and R15 for children.