Dramatic update to the case of South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee has suspended Athletics South Africa President Leonard Chuene, the entire board and other ASA employees "for their handling of the Caster Semenya gender fiasco", reports Independent Online. SASOC suspended ASA after the athletics body challenged its authority to suspend Chuene.
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. Chuene previously denied gender verification tests were begun on Semenya before Berlin. IAAF sources say ASA was "well aware" of Caster Semenya's medical condition and did not tell her.
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