ASA faces race charge

2009-08-31 10:53

Cape Town - A civil rights organisation has laid a charge with the world's governing body of athletics against the president of Athletics South Africa (ASA) for inciting racial polarisation over athlete Caster Semenya.

AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel said he had laid a charge against Leonard Chuene, with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

"Chuene's polarising statements, which transformed the deplorable events regarding Caster Semenya's gender into a racial issue... is a gross violation of the IAAF's constitution and rules."

Kriel said Chuene had also been charged by AfriForum with allowing the ASA's media conference and gathering at the time of Semenya's return to South Africa to be used as a platform for ANC politicians to exploit Semenya for political purposes.

"The president of the ANC Youth League, Julius Malema, amongst others launched a scathing attack against whites at this occasion," Kriel said.

He said AfriForum had asked the IAAF to take strong action against those responsible for disclosing the information about the gender testing which caused the violation of Semenya's privacy and human dignity.

Semenya, 18, won a gold medal in the women's 800m race at the World Athletics Championship in Berlin, Germany. Her win, however, was marred by controversy as the IAAF ordered she undergo gender verification tests.


  • Awa - 2009-08-31 11:16

    Ditsem Kallie. Ek stem saam.

  • Sick of ANC - 2009-08-31 11:48

    Great job Afriforum. These idiots from the ANC and Chuene are more racist than any whites.

  • Doppies - 2009-08-31 14:19

    I would be sick of the ANC too, especially seeing how well the black led government is doing. There is a very fine line between racism, descimination and following protocol, and is Caster was white the IAAF would've handled the situation with more confidentiality and not the messy way that it did. Sick of ANC and Awa - you're free to leave this country because you clearly cannot support a fellow countryman (well a black one)

  • Danny - 2009-08-31 15:00

    I bet Chuene and Malooma (aka dipsh**) feel as small as their brains now haha gotta love it:)

  • Graham du Toit - 2009-08-31 21:03

    This proves that people with single digit IQ's walk amongst us - Chuene and Malema! Viva you idiots!

  • Mark - 2009-09-01 07:49

    That's what happens when you take a brain dead indigenous member and make him a politician. Typical for Africa though.

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