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ATHLETICS SA denied a report yesterday that gold medallist Caster Semenya and other contracted athletes had not been paid their allowances.
"It is not true," said ASA general manager Molatelo Malehopo.
Beeld reported that Semenya did not have money to visit her mother in Limpopo because the association had not paid salaries to its contracted athletes.
Malehopo said certain high-performing athletes - not just Semenya - who were preparing for competitions received an allowance based on their performance.
He said he would be happy to receive information on athletes who had not been paid this performance-based allowance.
"All the athletes that have to be paid have been paid."
Meanwhile, the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) had not yet handed over the total of R125000 it pledged to Semenya (R60000), 800m male champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi (R40000) and long jump silver medallist Khotso Mokoena (R25000) at a media conference in August. ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said arrangements were still being made for the handover ceremony, which is expected later this month.
ASA's Malehopo said they had also not yet heard from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on the controversial gender verification test reportedly conducted on Semenya: "The IAAF has not communicated to us at this stage. We don't know anything."
The IAAF has not replied to e-mailed questions on when the test results would be available.
ASA High Performance Coordinator Wilfred Daniels resigned over the weekend, citing unhappiness over how the athlete had been treated. A decision on how ASA would proceed after his resignation would be made in due course, Malehopo said. - Sapa