The 2021 edition of the Comrades Marathon has been cancelled. The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) announced this on Wednesday.
"The CMA Board has regrettably announced its decision to cancel the Comrades Marathon Centenary Race scheduled for 13 June 2021, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic," the association said in a statement.
“CMA chairperson, Cheryl Winn, has urged runners to accept and respect the CMA’s decision which has been made in conjunction with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics, Atheletics South Africa, and government restrictions, and most importantly, with the utmost regard for the health and welfare of our athletes, volunteers, and all other stakeholders," it added.
Defending Champions Gerda Steyn and Bongumusa Mthembu are once again forced to put their title defence on hold, as last year’s event was also cancelled for the first time since World War 2.
The Comrades Marathon Association said a virtual race would be held on June 13. It said the impending third wave of the coronavirus, widely anticipated around April to June this year, has ended hopes of holding any mass events in the near future.
Last week the Two Oceans Marathon that was scheduled for April was also cancelled due to COVID-19