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Chuene Accused Of “Gross Misconduct”

  • By Competitor Running
  • Published Sep. 8, 2010

South African Athletics president ignored medical advice by allowing Caster Semenya to compete.

Leonard Chuene, the suspended president of South African Athletics, has been accused of “gross misconduct” by the South African Olympic Committee  for allowing Caster Semenya to compete in last summer’s World Athletics Championships, where the teenager won the women’s 800-meter title in record time.

“The report found that Mr. Chuene ignored that professional advice and went ahead,” Stofile said. “As such, they (SASCOC) accuse him (Chuene) of gross misconduct as well as bringing ASA and the sport of athletics and SASCOC into disrepute. He must face disciplinary hearings.”

Semenya came under scrutiny after her dominating win in Berlin last summer, as competitors and rival coaches called her gender into question. The 19-year-old did not compete for 11 months following her win at the World Championships, finally returning to the track earlier this summer after receiving clearance from the IAAF. Semenya will compete for South Africa at next month’s Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

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