South African marathon runner Hendrick Ramaala hopes to improve the state of athletics in the country once he retires.

Ramaala, who lines up for his eighth New York Marathon on Sunday in search of his second title, told runningtimes.com that politics had become too prominent in South African athletics and he intended mending problems within the sport’s development structures after he retires.

“Once things slow down for me, maybe I’ll take these things seriously and get more involved,” the 37-year-old qualified lawyer told the website.

“I can see where the problem is. I’ve spoken to a lot of athletes, commentators, and experts on what is needed.

“There are all these politics coming in, though. Nobody wants to hear the truth. It’s all about politics…..Read More

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