Bullet, Mokoena support Chuene

TWO top South African athletes, Mbulaeni "Bullet" Mulaudzi and Khotso "Crocodile" Mokoena, have come to the defence of Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene.

TWO top South African athletes, Mbulaeni "Bullet" Mulaudzi and Khotso "Crocodile" Mokoena, have come to the defence of Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene.

The duo broke their silence on the Caster Semenya gender verification test saga after calls for Chuene's dismissal as head of ASA.

"We fully support him on the issue of Caster, it was going to be heartbreaking for president Chuene to withdraw Caster before getting the verdict from the IAAF. People must also remember that there is also the issue of doctor-patient confidentiality. The man has apologised, saying maybe the issue could have been handled differently," said Mulaudzi, who won gold in the 800m at the World Championships in Berlin.

Mokoena, who scooped silver in the long jump, said: "I fully agree that president Chuene was protecting Caster .

"Now that they have failed to remove Chuene, people are going as far as influencing white-owned companies to withdraw from sponsoring ASA," said a top athletics administrator, who asked not to be named.

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