Sports body suspends Chuene and board

2009-11-05 14:16

THE South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

(Sascoc), the controlling body for all high performance sport in South Africa,

has suspended Athletics South Africa’s (ASA) president Leonard Chuene, the Board

of ASA and its members, with immediate effect, pending the outcome of a

disciplinary investigation and further action over their handling of the Caster

Semenya saga.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Sascoc said it is also

considering taking appropriate action against the International Association of

Athletics Federations (IAAF) for its disregard of Semenya’s rights to privacy,

following speculation over her gender.

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

Berlin in August, but reports have said that she underwent a gender test and

Chuene later admitted to lying about the results.

At a Special Board meeting of Sascoc, called for the purpose of

considering the report of the Sascoc Legal and Arbitration Commission into the

handling of Semenya, the Board resolved unanimously to accept the

recommendations made by the Sascoc Legal and Arbitration Commission.

The recommendations include Chuene being suspended with immediate

effect as well as ASA’s vice-president Kakata Maponyane, general manager

Molatelo Malehopo, events manager Phiwe Mlangeni-Tsholetsane, the board of ASA

and its members and Chuene’s personal assistant, Humile Bogatsu, be suspended

immediately, pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation and further


Sascoc are still considering taking appropriate action against the

IAAF for its disregard of Semenya’s rights to privacy.

Meanwhile, Sascoc Board member Ray Mali has been appointed as

administrator of ASA and will convene an urgent meeting of the Council of ASA

(excluding the suspended individuals) and elect an Interim Board of ASA pending

the outcome of the disciplinary enquiry.

The suspended individuals will appear before a disciplinary enquiry

to answer charges of bringing ASA, the sport of athletics, Sascoc and sport in

general into disrepute.

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