More developments on a story Rod 2.0 reported over the weekend. South Africa's sports ministry is now demanding the dismissal of Athletics South Africa President Leonard Chuene after denying gender verification tests were made on 800m world champion Caster Semenya before her World championship victory last month in Berlin, reports the Telegraph.
Emails have shown not only that the ASA conducted tests last August, but the team's doctor, Harold Adams, advised Mr Chuene to have Miss Semenya withdrawn from the contest. This was ignored and she won the 800 metres, becoming the centre of a worldwide controversy.
Mr Chuene admitted misleading South Africans, claiming that he had done so to protect Miss Semenya's privacy. But Gert Oosthuizen, the country's deputy sports minister, demanded his dismissal. "Mr Chuene has not only lied to us as the ministry, but to the whole country, and this is not acceptable," said the minister. "We now request the membership of ASA to not only take disciplinary action against Mr Chuene, but to fire him from his position as the president of ASA."
Johannesburg-based News 24 reports the Ministry of Sports has on two occasions requested a report from Chuene "on what happened before, during and after Berlin" and has yet to receive a response.
The 18-year-old University of Pretoria athlete has been the subject of a gender controversy since winning the 800m race in record time at the IAAF games. The results of complex gender tests were leaked last week that reveal she is intersexed with internal testes and no uterus or ovaries. Semenya has gone into hiding and is reportedly receiving trauma counseling and is on suicide watch.
IAAF sources said ASA was "well aware" of Caster Semenya's medical condition. Ten days ago, the head track coach resigned after he admitted deliberately misleading Semenya and lying to her about the purpose of the tests.
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