Report: Local officials OK'd sex tests

Updated: September 18, 2009, 9:20 AM ET
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- A South African newspaper has published what it says are e-mails showing local track officials authorized gender tests that were done in the country on runner Caster Semenya.

South African officials have repeatedly said that tests were done only abroad, not in South Africa, before Semenya's 800-meter world victory.

In e-mails published Friday by the Mail & Guardian, Molatelo Malehopo, general manager of Athletics South Africa, apparently gives team doctor Harold Adams permission to "go ahead" with tests requested by the international athletics body.

ASA president Leonard Chuene was copied in on an earlier e-mail to Malehopo asking for advice on handling the "confidential matter."

Chuene, Malehopo and Adams were not immediately available for comment.


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