Following the allegations on Friday 27 March 2009 by the Daily News that the Comrades Marathon may have to be scrapped this year, and the subsequent Official Press Release from the CMA the same day.
The CMA and KZNCU Management had fruitful discussions on Saturday 28 March 2009 in order to explore the various solutions for both parties, as how to best accommodate both events, namely the Comrades Marathon and the IPL fixtures. KZNCU will not be hosting a semi final and or final of the IPL tournament, the problem arose with regards to the regular IPL fixtures and the CMA requiring Sahara Kingsmead Stadium for a 3 week period for set up of the finish area prior to the 24 May 2009.
The outcome of the discussions was extremely positive. Both parties agreed to hold emergency talks with their respective clients and or suppliers on Monday 30 March 2009. The CMA is required to determine whether it would be possible to set up the finish area at the stadium within 3 days and what would be required of, and from the suppliers to make this possible. This would require a massive effort from the CMA suppliers, sponsors, contractors and volunteers. Discussions are currently underway with all role-players.
The CMA and KZNCU will be meeting during the course of this week to advise on their discussions, in order to determine a resolution whereby each party will be satisfied.
The manner in which this issue has been dealt with between CMA and KZNCU is testament to the excellent relationship that exists between the two organizations.
The media will be advised as to the outcome of the meetings as a matter of urgency.