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Mali: Caster must not run

Ray Mali, interim administrator of Athletics South Africa, on Sunday again moved to emphasise that Caster Semenya remains unable to take part in competitions.

This follows more newspaper reports at the weekend that Semenya was planning to compete on the local track and field circuit, as well as international events.

“This disturbs me,” said SASCOC board member Mali Sunday. “I read a report quoting me as saying that Caster is eligible to compete. This is just not true and I wonder if there are some or other forces out there trying to be mischievous?”

Reigning world 800 metre champion Semenya is still awaiting results of her gender tests and the governing body of international athletics, the IAAF, are dealing with her directly.

When the IAAF has consulted with Semenya and advised her on the tests, the way forward will be clearer.

Late last year SASCOC suspended ASA chairman Leonard Chuene from office, and later the ASA board as well, following their handling of the Semenya affair.

“Things are going so well with SA track and field right now that the last thing we need now is to have false information doing the rounds,” said Mali.

“We will await news from the IAAF and in the meantime go about the rebuilding of South African track and field.”


  1. Track Enthusiast

    January 18, 2010 at 9:45 am

    I want to open up a can of worms..Does this mean that the interim board of ASA and SASCOC have suspended Caster? As I interpret it if you are not allowed to compete – then you are clearly suspended!

    Are we heading for possibly another law-suit? Has the IAAF suspended Caster? I can’t recall ever hearing something to that effect.

    Maybe I’m wrong but Gideon Sam and Ray Mali must be cautious not to step into something here. I would’ve rather advised the coach, the family and Caster herself that it was in her best interest not to compete until the controversial issue has been resolved.

    The IAAF are not helping either by taking a position – can she continue while you investigate or are you placing her under suspension until you have clarity on the issue?

    The bottom line- If someone told me I couldn’t compete, I’d consider myself suspended. I am not trying to stirr up any mischief but simply stating a fact

  2. Wes

    January 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Spot on Track Enthusiast.
    Firstly, if you are prevented from competing, you are suspended. There’s no doubt about that.
    Secondly, if Semenya has been suspended, why was she never informed? Why are Semenya and her coach under the impression she can run if she will be prevented from doing so?
    Surely, if an athlete is suspended, he/she must be informed by the national federation in writing?
    I wouldn’t be surprised if Semenya discovered she couldn’t run by reading media reports. It’s absurd that, after everything which happened last year, there is still no communication between the federation and the athlete.
    When is ASA going to get this right? What a mess.

  3. Julio

    January 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you, guys. There are a lot of things that are not right with sport in South Africa, SASCOC itself is incompetent to start with. Many hailed them when they suspended the ASA, but now they themselves are adding more fuel to the fire. I sympathize with Caster, she does not deserve this.

  4. Athlete

    January 19, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Unfortunately, this shows a disturbing trend in South African athletics at the moment: SASCOC are trying to run the sport without understanding the sport.

    The position is simple: There has been no ruling against Caster, so she can compete. It would not be in her best interest to do so, though, as she would open herself up to official complaints from her competitors if she does.

    The IAAF really need to get their arses in gear and make a ruling – the current situation is the worst Caster could probably be in.

  5. manfred

    January 19, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Athlete says is right….Caster Semenya has not been banned nor suspended by any doping body or federation….LEGALLY no one can stop her from competing….this is what happens when administrators get involved in things they do not know anything about…

  6. Frustrated

    January 19, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I hope that SASCOC Bosses are reading these comments.

    Nobody suspended Caster. Suspend her, than you will see.

    SAM, you will not get 12 in 2012. Butana will not forget you what you did to Chuene who “protected” Caster.

    Catch a wake up and let Caster run. We want to see her in action!!

  7. Julio

    January 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

    SASCOC bosses are reading these comments, it’s their website after all.Caster has not been suspended and that’s the reality of the situation. The best they can do is advice her not to run until this thing is sorted out. Apparently, they have not done so. 12/12 cannot be achieved, given the situation our sport is in.Come 2012, heads will roll.

  8. Concerned coach

    January 26, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    There are good policies which governs actions within our country. What suprises me is that South African do not want to follow these good policies. Athletics is controled through rules and these rules needs to be observed and not contravened. If you say that an athlete will not do that or that, apply the rule which controls the sport. Let us work on speculations. Our country is respected worldwide because of what happened in 1994, and that was a good example to the whole world. Let us continue to apply rules and we will be respected. Mali avoid using unfounded rules in governing the good sport we have.

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