South African Athletics
Sascoc to appeal Lane case
Johannesburg - The South African sports confederation and olympic committee (Sascoc) was granted leave to appeal on Thursday a court ruling in favour of Laraine Lane, a former board member of Athletics SA (ASA).
On September 18, four years after being banned for life in the fallout from the Caster Semenya gender test affair, Lane won a court case against Sasoc and had the punishment lifted by Judge Gregory Wright in the High Court in Johannesburg.
On Thursday Wright allowed the national Olympic body to appeal against the ruling in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
Lane said she was suspended and then banned from working in athletics without reason by Sascoc in November 2009, after Semenya became embroiled in a gender controversy after undergoing tests in South Africa and by world athletic body, the IAAF, in Germany.
The controversial middle-distance runner was sidelined for a year and allowed to run again only in July 2010, with the IAAF never making public details of the process she underwent to be eligible to run competitively again.
Lane also argued she had been unfairly punished, following the president of ASA and other administrators being fired for mismanagement and lying about tests that Semenya had undergone before competing at the World Championships in Berlin.