Thursday, November 5, 2009

ASA Chief Suspended Over Semenya Gender Row

You'll recall the story of Caster Semenya, world women's 800m champion from South Africa. She has both male and female organs, thus being a hermaphrodite. Today, the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA) has been suspended for lying about his involvement in the case.

In fact, South Africa's Olympic governing body, Sascoc, disciplined the entire board, and particularly Leonard Chuene, ASA chief.

Revelations came on Sept. 19th when, after weeks of denials, Chuene admitted at a press conference that he was fully aware there were questions over Semenya's gender.
He also admitted that he knew gender testing had been performed on Semenya on August 7th in Pretoria, which was a week before Semenya won gold in Berlin. Finally, he admitted that he was advised by team doctor Harold Adams to withdraw her from the 800m final.

Chuene later said he lied about his knowledge of the tests to protect Semenya's privacy.

The ASA issued a press release officially apologizing to Caster Semenya and her family:
"Athletics South Africa (ASA) has taken note of the African National Congress Caster Semenya Support Task Team media statement issued on 16 October relating to Caster Semenya and the gender verification tests conducted on her.

"ASA appreciates the ANC's position on this matter, fully welcomes and accepts without any reservations the findings and recommendations of the task team.

"Consequently, Athletics South Africa wishes to publicly and unconditionally apologise to Caster Semenya and her family, the President of South Africa as well as to all South Africans for the handling of her gender verification processes and the subsequent aftermath."
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6 comments:

Motorbike Exhausts said...

its really bad news.i am so sad for ASA chief.

Local Position said...

He admitted that he was advised by team doctor Harold Adams to withdraw her from the 800m final.

Home Protect Home Warranty said...

Athletics South Africa wishes to publicly and apologise to Caster Semenya and her family,the President of South Africa as well as to all South Africans for the handling of her gender verification processes!!

Amy Laurent said...

Yes indeed, and that is sad.So can he/she really sad him/her self?

Capital Gold Group said...

This poor kid! Bad enough to find out that you are not who you thought you were

Michael said...

A very strange issue indeed, that has to be a one in a million case, very remarkable story.