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Semenya: SASCOC acts

SASCOC president Gideon Sam on Saturday confirmed South African sport’s governing body would investigate conflicting reports as to whether or not South African athletics bosses sanctioned gender tests on 800 metres world champion Caster Semenya prior to the athlete’s departure for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin.

Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene and ASA general  manager Molatelo Malehopo met with Sam and SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy recently and reiterated that they were unaware of any gender tests conducted on Semenya in South Africa.

Subsequent to the meeting South African media have reported email correspondence between Malehopo and Athletics South Africa’s team doctor Harold Adams; with the reports adding that Mr Chuene, in his capacity as president, was copied in on the correspondence.

In the email correspondence, presented in the media as having been┬á sent on Wednesday, August 5th at 13.56, Mr Malehopo instructs Dr┬á Adams to have the ÔÇ£necessary tests that the IAAF might needÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£Ordinarily the leadership of SASCOC would not respond to media┬á reports, but in light of the allegations made in the reports and┬á the supporting claim of email correspondence that there was an official sanctioning from within ASA for Caster to undergo gender testing the governing body has a responsibility to South African sport and the athlete, in particular, to investigate the claims,ÔÇØ said Sam in a media statement.

ÔÇ£Caster Semenya’s well being is the priority, but we have to ensure┬á the integrity of those who administer member federations within SASCOC has not been undermined; alternatively that the sport has not been done a disservice through the actions of its leadership.ÔÇØ

Sam said SASCOC’s position would be determined by the results of┬á the investigation.