Chuene to probe Semenya test claims

2009-09-17 12:58

Athletics SA (ASA) boss Leonard Chuene is investigating claims that

athlete Caster Semenya was duped into undergoing gender tests, The Star reported

on Thursday.

“On the basis of all these claims, I will quickly be contacting all

the people making these allegations so that they can inform me,” Chuene


“We will make a follow-up on those names to establish what tests

were done and by whom, when and how.”

Chuene has, until recently, denied that Semenya was subjected to

gender tests without informing her as to their purpose.

Meanwhile, ASA is expected to appear before the National Assembly’s

sport committee to explain its role in the Semenya saga.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)

insisted that gender tests be conducted on Semenya after she won the 800 metres

world championships in Berlin last month.

Since then accusations have been flying about that ASA should have

pre-empted her being tested; and more recently, there are claims that ASA did

test her – but without her knowledge.

The team’s doctor, Harold Adams, who has not made himself available

since the Berlin race, apparently recommended to ASA that Semenya not

participate in Berlin.

Her coach, Wilfred Daniels, has resigned amid the controversy,

saying ASA duped her into going for gender tests.

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