Lamine Diack asked to apologise to Caster Semenya

28.10.2009 World writes, that IAAF President Lamine Diack must apologise to world 800 metres champion Caster Semenya before the South African Government will open talks, a senior official warned.

Butana Komphela, the South African Sports and Recreation Portfolio Committee chairman, claimed Diack would have to say sorry „to Caster Semenya, her family and the people of South Africa“ before any discussions on the issue could take place. Nick Davies, a spokesman for the IAAF, said that it was important consensus to be reached over the results of the sex tests conducted on Semenya, which have been analysed by eight medical experts - four from inside the IAAF Medical Commission and four from outside.

Caster Semenya‘s gender is being questioned because her critics are jealous that she broke a South African junior record held by Zola Budd a leading member of Athletics South Africa (ASA) has claimed. Dr Simon Dlamini, the chairman of the ASA finance committee, made the allegation after Harold Adams, South Africa‘s team doctor, claimed that Leonard Chuene had deliberately politicised the row over the world 800 metres champion and tried to sow seeds of confusion to deflect any of the blame away from him. A leaked confidential report from Adams claims that Chuene, the President of ASA, consulted top-level politicians before deciding, against Adams‘s advice, to let Semenya run in the World Championship in Berlin in August even though he knew already there were doubts over her gender.

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