BERLIN - As international media continue to probe the gender and background of 800m world champion Caster Semenya, confusion surrounds the varying reports in local newspapers over the resignation of Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene from the International Association of Athletics Federations Council over Semenya's treatment.
"It's true that I wished to step down from the IAAF Council over the way Caster Semenya is being treated," Chuene said.
"It would be a conflict of interest for me to be fighting this position (on behalf of Semenya) while still on the council."
Chuene indicated that this had not been accepted by the council or Lamine Diack, the IAAF president.
Chuene went on to say that he understood Diack would be writing to President Jacob Zuma about the situation.
"I am first of all a South African, second a South African and third a South African, and that is why I must be sure I first look after our athletes," said Chuene, who earlier in the week had to convince Semenya to attend the medal ceremony of her event. - Sapa