- A petition to grant Xolani Luvuno a medal for completing the Comrades Marathon was created in support of the athlete, even though he did not complete the race within the qualifying time
- Xolani, who had lost one of his legs to cancer, was supported and encouraged by his friend Hein Venter and finished the 90 km ultra marathon despite his handicap
- It was announced on Wednesday that the organizing committee for the race had taken heed of the petition and would be granting him his medal, but this seems to have been false information
Xolani Luvuno did not receive his Comrades Marathon medal after the petition group #GiveXolaniAMedal tried to convince the race organizers that the amputee deserved it. The petition, created by Anton Bosman, has gained a large following since the race on the 10th of June this year.
The petition group and other supporters of the cause rejoiced when it was announced that he will be granted the medal. Unfortunately, this victory was to be short lived.
Many news agencies have released their story on how the Comrades organizers heard the public appeal and announced that he will be given a medal. After making this statement, however, Briefly.co.za has just learned that they have turned around on their decision.
Bosman told The South African "His achievement is just what South Africa needs to move forward in unity. He finished a test of the ultimate human strength, completing the ultimate human race. I feel Xolani has earned his medal, beyond any shadow of doubt.”
The race began at 5:30 in the morning. Despite having lost his leg to bone marrow cancer, Xolani completed the difficult 90 km race on crutches. His friend Hein Venter stayed by his side until the finish line, which they crossed at 17:00.
An outraged public is still demanding that he be given the medal and that the Comrades committee honor their original ruling.
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