Olympic chief defends IAAF

HAMBURG - Olympic supremo Jacques Rogge yesterday defended the IAAF in the Caster Semenya gender case, saying it ran out of time.

HAMBURG - Olympic supremo Jacques Rogge yesterday defended the IAAF in the Caster Semenya gender case, saying it ran out of time.

Speaking from the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, Rogge spoke of "a very complicated issue" around the 800m world champion.

The IAAF announced just hours before the 800m final in Berlin on August 19 that it had requested a genderverification test.

Rogge said: "I think that the IAAF (was) caught by a shortage of time. The IAAF launched an inquiry but unfortunately this is time-consuming. The results were not available by Berlin." Rogge said he was waiting like everyone else for the results. - Sapa-DPA

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