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22 SPORT Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA Two Oceans Marathon tackles water crisis in the Mother City Staff Reporter Cape Town With the City of Cape Town and parts of the Western Cape in the midst of a severe drought, organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) are working around the clock to ensure the 49th edition of the world’s most beautiful marathon is fully aligned with plans to avoid Day Zero. Events like the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon are critical to the region’s economy, with the OMTOM alone generating over R675 million, creating thousands of jobs and raising more than R3.5 million for the charities that use the OMTOM as a fundraising platform every year. The message from the city and the province is that Cape Town is open for business, but visitors are asked to be mindful of the drought and remain vigilant when using water. “We have developed a comprehensive action plan and are implementing a range of Nadal going loco for Acapulco return Rafael Nadal expects to be back playing competitive tennis by the end of the month, the world No 1 revealed on Monday. T h e 3 1 - y e a r - o l d was forced to pull out of his Australian Open weeks ago due to a thigh injury. “It’s a small injury that needs time and rest and recovery, and that’s what we’re doing,” Nadal said at the inauguration of a specialised tennis clinic in Madrid. It means he will likely return to action – as he had always planned to do post Melbourne – at Acapulco, which starts on February 26. “For the moment my schedule is the same and I think I’ll be able to travel to Mexico to play at Acapulco,” he added. Nadal has twice won the Acapulco ATP tournament, in 2005 and 2013 but that was when it was played on clay. It has been played on hard courts since 2014. – Nampa/AFP water-saving and alternative water-sourcing initiatives that will restrict usage of our most scarce and endangered resource,” says Carol Vosloo, general manager of the Two Oceans Marathon non- “As citizens of Cape Town, we take our responsibility to conserve water very seriously and we have given the issue urgent attention. We are raising overall awareness and communicating the severity of the drought to all participants and supporters as well as taking various steps aimed at ensuring the event has a zero water footprint.” No municipal water will be used at any of the OMTOM events, as water for race day has been sourced from the Newlands Spring with an allocated and approved dispensation from relevant stakeholders, including the Department of Water and Sanitation. This project has been in the works and race planning for over three months. be distributed to all participants via sachets and other water delivery systems. Some runners will use hydration race instead of using their daily stations for hydration packs will be positioned along the Ultra Marathon route, in support of the #GOGREEN campaign to reduce plastic and littering. It has also been agreed that no shower facilities Alexis Sanchez has accepted a 16-month prison sentence for committing tax fraud during his time at Barcelona, although he will not spend time in jail. The Manchester United forward was accused of defrauding the treasury of €1 million between 2012 and 2013, relating to income from his image rights. Sanchez has, however, reached an agreement with the prosecutor to pay the money he owes with interest. Despite the verdict, the Chilean will not spend time in prison as he less than two years - which crucially, in Spanish law, prohibits jail time. The ex-Arsenal star is the latest Spanish prosecutors for an apparent dodging of taxes. Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Ricardo Carvalho have all been pursued by the authorities recently. Barcelona star Messi was handed a 21-month jail term in 2016, but managed to exchange it OMTOM’s venue partners are also playing their role in saving water. All chemical toilets brought to the various OMTOM sites will use o The University of Cape Town (UCT) is closing all taps at the at UCT will be inaccessible. Partner venues like the Tsogo Sun and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) continue to honour the city’s water conservation programme with their own water management plans and constantly issue reminders to guests of the need to use water sparingly. Old Mutual head of brand Thobile Tshabalala, says, “With most of our employees based at our Pinelands office park, we are acutely aware of the enormous efforts Capetonians and companies like ours are making every day to be water-wise. “As the title sponsor of the race and a responsible corporate citizen, are taking all the necessary actions to ensure the event doesn’t burden the municipal water supply.” Vosloo adds that runners and their families should remain conscious of the severe drought throughout their stay in the Western Cape, and to contribute to the water saving efforts where they can. Alexis Sanchez given 16-month prison sentence for tax fraud Mourinho paid to settle his and seven-month sentence. Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, meanwhile, was accused of owing €14.7m but has protested his innocence in an ongoing case. Alexis joined Barcelona from Udinese in 2011 and spent three years with the Catalan side, winning a Liga title as well as the Club World Cup under the guidance of Pep Guardiola. He left to join Arsenal in 2014 and starred for Arsene Wenger’s team until making the shock move to Old Trafford in January in a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, despite it having appeared he would be joining Manchester City. The 29-year-old has made three appearances for Mourinho’s side his new club in Saturday’s 2-0 Red Devils are currently 13 points behind leaders Man City after 26 matches and return to action on Sunday when they visit Newcastle United. –

Thursday, February 8 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 23 Ready for action… Athletes preparing for the AUSC Region 5 Marathon at the Vineta Sports Stadium in Swakopmund. Namibia to host AUSC Marathon for four years SWAKOPMUND Namibia will host the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region Five marathon for the next four years, Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee, Jo-Ann place on the same route last year of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, “Last year, only Namibia, We however wrote a strong letter to the AUSC requesting the participation of all member states businesspeople in Namibia to assist Government in sponsoring from other countries to participate are also trying to see which other Organising… Jo-Ann Manuel, Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee for this year’s AUSC Region 5 Marathon. receive prize money, which is The event will be a partnership between the Ministry of Sport, the Namibia National Olympic – Nampa 2018 Top Score 7-a-side edition launched Launched… The 2018 edition of the annual Top Score Seven-A-Side tournament launched in the capital. Photo: Nampa Namibia’s largest milling company of the annual Top Score popular social football tournament consecutive Top Score Seven- wishing all the teams competing helps their club to invest in its youth amateur football club, but with the Top Score sponsorship for this As was the case in the last three years, teams will this year again be with the best support throughout – Nampa

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