25 Sep 2009

SA athletics chief avoids sack

1:37 pm on 25 September 2009

Athletics South Africa's president Leonard Chuene will keep his job despite government calls for him to be fired for lying about gender tests made on runner Caster Semenya.

The decision was taken by athletics federation's board after discussing Chuene's role in the controversy surrounding whether gender tests were conducted on Semenya before her world championship 800 metres victory last month in Berlin.

Chuene said last week that Semenya had undergone tests before the world championships, something he had previously denied.

He said he had lied to protect the gold medallist's privacy and said a team doctor had advised that she should be withdrawn from last month's championships.