ASA’s gender skeletons rattle ... again

2011-04-16 19:09

The management of Athletics South Africa (ASA) has been left red-faced after its website referred to women’s world 800m champion Caster Semenya as a man.

ASA was made aware of the mistake two weeks ago, but by Friday the association had still not corrected it.

In the preview for the under-23, junior and youth athletics meeting at Germiston, Ekurhuleni, on April 2-3, a report stated that Semenya was one of the male under-23 athletes to watch.

The same report mentioned her among the female athletes. Semenya did not take part in the event.

Within hours of the publication of the report, ASA was made aware by SMS of the mistake and was warned that it could lead to embarrassment if not corrected.

The reporter who wrote the article described it as an unforgivable error on his part after it was brought to his attention.

ASA chairman James Evans asked at the Germiston event that it be corrected, but no one acted on his request.

On Friday, he repeated his apology for the error and said he was under the impression that it had already been corrected.

“I don’t doubt that it was a genuine error by the journalist.

There was never any intention to embarrass Caster Semenya,” he said, adding that the journalist was under immense pressure when he wrote the report.


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