Sascoc ‘wants to block transformation’

2009-11-06 10:43

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc)

suspended Athletics SA (ASA) president Leonard Chuene because it wanted to block

his transformation efforts, an ASA board member said on Friday.

“They are after Chuene’s head. They want to destroy Chuene,” said

board member Simon Dlamini in an interview on SAfm.

“Chuene is fighting transformation within Sascoc itself. They are

far from transformation. That is the reason why Chuene is hated so much. That is

why we stood by him.”

The Olympic governing body said in a statement on Thursday that

Chuene was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation over the handling

of gold medallist Caster Semenya’s gender testing by ASA.

Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy told SAfm that the body was well within the

law in its decision to suspend Chuene.

“If you look at the Sports Act, the Sports Act allows the sports

federation in the country to conduct [such] investigations.”

There were several reasons for Chuene’s suspension, he said,

including the fact that he ignored advice from a doctor to withdraw Semenya from

the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in August.

“His actions were very irresponsible... in fact, reprehensible,”

said Reddy, adding that Chuene caused “damage” to Semenya.

He said an investigation would show what punitive measures to take

against Chuene.

“There would be levels of punishment that could be meted out and

one of it could actually be expulsion,” said Reddy.

Semenya won the women’s 800m title at the World Championships in

Berlin in August amid controversy about her gender. ASA denied gender tests had

been conducted on Semenya but Chuene later admitted to lying about that.

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