SOUTH Africa's Olympics committee chief yesterday condemned the row over the gender of the country's new female 800m world champion, Caster Semenya.
"We condemn the way she was linked with such media speculation and allegation, especially on a day she ran in the final of her first major world event," said Gideon Sam, president of South Africa's Olympic governing body.
Semenya, 18, won the 800m final in 1min:55,45sec in Berlin on Wednesday, shortly after the International Association of Athletics Federations announced she would have to undergo a gender test.
"What has made the performance so much more remarkable is that she had to deal with the distraction of media allegations around her gender on the day of the race," Sam said. - Sapa