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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.


6 comments
Julio
Julio

There is a strong possibility that the athletics fraternity have also been lied to. There is no way they could be pleased with the manner in which the ASA leadership has handled this matter. The idea of an inquiry is welcomed, but should be handled by SRSA. Since SASCOC's inception, there has never been cordial relationship between ASA and SASCOC and so the possibility exist that ASA might not accept any findings of the inquiry headed by SASCOC. SRSA will be seen as impartial in this matter.

Tinkler
Tinkler

The concept of "feud" between SASCOC and ASA, if entertained, might undermine the fact that SASCOC is entrusted with the muscle to handle this matter. Nonetheless, hence one has suggested that an enquiry should be set up. One thinks that there's accord regarding what steps should be taken. There's one worrying factor, at the general meeting of ASA, the athletics fraternity has indicated that they were pleased with the manner the ASA's leadership has handled this matter. Have they also been lied to? The minutes of that General Meeting and reports regarding the Semenya issue must be submitted to SRSA as in yesterday!

Julio
Julio

Inasmuch as I agree that action must be taken with regard to the saga, the feud between SASCOC and ASA has long been there and is well recorded. Therefore, I do not think that the former will act impartially in this regard. Perhaps the matter should best be handled by SRSA and not SASCOC.

Mzi Mani
Mzi Mani

Dear Mr Sam, One must welcome the fact that SASCOC has monitored the reports regarding Caster Semenya and denialists Leonard Chuene, Molatelo Malehopo and Phiwe Mlangeni -Tsholetsane. I hope that SASCOC views the seriousness of this matter in the same light that Cricket South Africa saw the Hansie Cronje match-fixing saga. The trio I have mentioned above has lied to the nation, abused the position of trust they've been entrusted with. I wonder if lying to the nation isn't equal to treason. Coming to the crux of the matter; firing the trio will let them get off the hook very easily. They must be suspended with immediate effect by the athletics membership, then SASCOC, Sports & Recreation South Africa and the Athletics fraternity must agree on appointing a judge like Judge Ronnie Pillay to head an official enquiry. I think it is through an enquiry that the extent of the trio's lies can be exposed. SASCOC can give testimony, Harold Adams, Wilfred Daniels and Semenya herself must give her version of being dupped into the tests. It is upon the findings of this enquiry with recommendations that a decision can be taken by parties that have the authority to do so. This enquiry might enable the Semenya's to seek legal recourse for the gross humiliation their daughter has been caused. The nation is definitely disgusted at the three. The least is said about Kakata Maponyane the better! Regards,

concerned
concerned

Dear Mr SAM and Company It is about time that SASCOC stand up against this fool Leonard Chuene. They have been undermining SASCOC and even NOCSA over the years. One asks the question: Are they a member of SASCOC or is SASCOC their member. SASCOC in conjunction with the Minister of Sport should dossolve the entire board of ASA, FIRE Molatelo Malehopo and Phiwe. They should then call an urgent meeting with all stakeholders to appoint an interim Board of ASA. Once that has been done, the cronies", lackeys like John Ncinani, Adam Motlagale, Hendrik Mokganyetsi, the fool from Mpumalanga, i dont know what his name is be next. You have other lackeys like Skhosana from KZN in there. Maponyane is useless!!!!!! The interim President should be the former Vice President who is currently being sidelined by ASA. Dr Dlamini. He has got brains.................... Regards