Disciplinary Process: 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon
Since the conclusion of the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon on 15 April 2017, the organising team have been reviewing all video footage taken along the Ultra and Half Marathon routes, and have also been in close consultation with the race referees. This process is being followed to review all offences, including but not limited to intentional littering, the wearing of earphones, and the carrying of flagpoles.
We have formalised the official disciplinary process for the event and have adopted the IAAF Yellow / Red card principle:
- First offence: Participants would be shown a Yellow card and given a warning.
- Second or subsequent offence: Participants would be shown a Yellow or Red card and subsequently disqualified from the race, if video evidence confirms the offence.
As a result of this ongoing post-race investigation, a number of participants have been disqualified, while others have received official warning letters. The details of all offending athletes have been shared with their respective Running Clubs, who will also follow their own internal procedures, where necessary.
In addition to this, the details of elite athletes who littered intentionally have been handed over to Western Province Athletics.
Event rules are in place in the interest of athletes’ safety and to help protect the fragile environment that our routes run through. The disciplinary process is in line with IAAF, ASA and WPA regulations, and an important part of our commitment to take the appropriate action against participants who do not respect these rules.
Note: While athletes are encouraged to notify us of any Race Day rule transgressions, we will not publicly name and shame athletes. Action is only taken subsequent to a thorough investigation on a case-by-case basis.