Caster ‘to sue IAAF, ASA’

2009-12-29 00:00

SOUTH African 800 metre gold medallist Caster Semenya — at the centre of a storm over her sex — is set to sue the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for R910 million and Athletics SA (ASA) for R136 million, according to unconfirmed reports.

Sports journalist Duncan Mackay, writing on the website insidethegames.biz, reported at the weekend that Semenya has enlisted the services of the firm of lawyers that fought for paralympian Oscar Pistorius to be allowed to compete in the standard Olympics.

The results of gender tests performed on Semenya were due to be announced at the end of November, but the only confirmation surrounding the case was that Semenya would keep the 800 m World Championship gold medal and that more tests must be undertaken before any decision will be taken over her future career in athletics.

Gideon Sam, the president of South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), said they left the decisions with the IAAF and the athlete and are expecting a positive outcome.

But now, however, Semenya is suing.

The case against the IAAF relates to the association’s leak that gender tests were being performed and later letting it be known that the tests found she is intersexed.

To date the identity of the source that Australian journalist Mike Hurst used for his story that first broke the issue is not known, but the trail must lead back to the IAAF testing sub-contractors and that potentially makes the IAAF liable.

Neither the IAAF nor ASA has commented on the website report.

In September, on the recommendation of South Africa’s Sports minister, Semenya retained Greg Nott of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP to advise her on all legal matters relating to her human rights and her rights as an athlete.

The case against ASA will raise a number of interesting questions, not only because it is said that the federation is listed as a section 21 company, but also how this will impact on the newly appointed board members — especially with rumours that ASA debts already exceed R14 million.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.