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President of Athletics South Africa lied about Caster Semenya Gender Tests

Posted Sep 19 2009 10:01pm


A leaked email and now the cat is out of the bag.

The latest news from South Africa is that ASA President Leonard Chuene was aware of tests that showed that Caster Semenya was a bit more masculine than the typical runner and yet...

And yet he lied about it.

In fact the South Africa "team doctor requested the 18-year-old Semenya be withdrawn from the 800-meter race she ended up winning, Chuene said in a press conference.

But Chuene said he refused to do it because the sport' s international governing body did not request withdrawal. He also said withdrawing Semenya might have looked bad.

"If we did not let her run, we would be confirming that she is not normal," Chuene told the news conference in the capital, Pretoria according to CNN.

"I now realize that it was an error of judgment and I would like to apologize unconditionally," Chuene said on Saturday.

View a slideshow of Caster Semenya photos

As you may recall from THIS story, the 18-year-old South African runner came out of nowhere and easily won the gold medal in the 800 meters at the recent World Championships in Berlin.

But even before she stepped onto the track insiders were questioning the runners gender, and now the runner is awaiting gender test results that could strip of of her top podium position and her world championship title.

Test show that Semenya  hermaphrodite according to a recent news story published in Australia.

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