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comradesThe Witness reports that these are tense times at Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) as the organisation behind the iconic race battles to contain the fallout from a spat involving its former race director and 2018 women’s champion Ann Ashworth, and a suspended board member.

Ashworth left Comrades’ House in Pietermaritzburg under a cloud after posting a bitter social media message lamenting that she had “worked herself to the bone” yet had “no medal to show for it”. Just days before her one-year contract ended at the end of June, Ashworth was informed that her contract would not be renewed. She claimed in her social media post that CMA’s decision not to extend her contract had more to do with internal wrangles than her competency as race director. Last Friday, the CMA also announced the suspension of a board member for remarks she had allegedly made in a WhatsApp message, accusing Ashworth of leading an attempted coup by signing up 400 “vanilla” members. The post elicited an outcry with accusations that the remarks were inflammatory. CMA chairperson Mqondisi Ngcobo said the CMA had not been acting under pressure by suspending the board member, but were guided by CMA rules. A well-placed source advised that the CMA was “expected” to counter possible legal action from Ashworth with charges that she had breached the confidentiality clause within her contract. Ngcobo refused to be drawn into commenting on the wrangle, stating that it was an “employee and employer” matter.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jerry Barnes at The Witness

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