'Be careful when returning to competition' - Seme
Athletics SA (ASA) granted athletes the green light to train and compete again. There’s excitement everywhere as track meets return and athletes hit the road again. But prominent coach Michael “Sponge” Seme warned athletes not to get caught up in the excitement of returning to the track and maintain a cool head.
The World Athletics Level 5 accredited coach guides top runners such as Stephen Mokoka, Glenrose Xaba, and Collen Mulaudzi at his famous Sponge training group in Tshwane. The man, who discovered multiple Olympic champion Caster Semenya, dished out a piece of advice to runners that are itching to return to the track. “Don’t overdo it. Don’t do anything that you might regret tomorrow. Take it easy and work on your conditioning first. Don't push too hard. I see there is excitement everywhere, but that can also be a dangerous thing. Too much excitement can kill you and have a serious effect on your career,” Seme warned.
The University of Pretoria’s High-Performance Centre that boasts world-class training facilities is now open for elite athletes to train. The likes of Gift Leotlela and Clarence Munyai shared their excitement about returning to the track. “ I have forgotten the smell of the track. I would give anything to run again. I can’t wait to compete again,” said Munyai. HPC CEO Toby Sutcliffe said they are following the Covid-19 guidelines to screen and regularly test their athletes for Covid-19. “ Everyone that enters our premises gets screened and sanitize,” he said.