ASA plans to contest Sascoc ban

ATHLETICS SA has come out with guns blazing after the Olympic body, Sascoc, suspended its president, Leonard Chuene, and the entire board over its handling of the Caster Semenya gender verification tests.

ATHLETICS SA has come out with guns blazing after the Olympic body, Sascoc, suspended its president, Leonard Chuene, and the entire board over its handling of the Caster Semenya gender verification tests.

"They (Sascoc) have no authority to do what they are trying to do with ASA. They also have no right to impose an individual to run the federation. We will resit it," said ASA lawyer Monty Hacker.

The suspension came soon after the ASA "apologised unconditionally" for its handling of the Semenya tests as per the instruction of the ruling ANC.

The decision to suspend the ASA board, after endless running battles between the Olympic body and Chuene, was taken by the Gideon Sam-led Sascoc.

The ASA board and some staff members were suspended pending a disciplinary investigation into the Semenya saga.

They were suspended after the Sascoc board unanimously endorsed the report by its legal and arbitration commission which, amongst other things, recommended that:

l Leonard Chuene should be suspended with immediate effect pending the outcome of a disciplinary investigation and further action;

l Kakata Maponyane (ASA deputy president), Molatelo Malehopo (general manager) and Phiwe Mlangeni (communications manager) should be suspended;

l The board of ASA and its members should be suspended with immediate effect;

l (sic) Humile Bogatsu (ASA secretary) should be suspended with immediate effect.

A top athletics administrator, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "We know that Sascoc want to get a Xhosa-speaking person to run athletics. They want the Eastern Cape people to run all major sporting codes."

It remains to be seen if Chuene will survive this time round after he came out unscathed during the era of two of Sam's predecessors, Sam Ramsamy and Moss Mashishi.

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