ASA confirms Chuene is off the hook

Friday, September 25, 2009

Pretoria - Athletics South Africa (ASA) boss Leonard Chuene is to retain his position as the federation's President.

"Yes I can confirm that the meeting resolved that the president will keep his position," ASA spokesman, Chris Britz told BuaNews on Friday.

The decision was made following a meeting of the ASA council in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In a statement released earlier, members expressed confidence in the leadership of the federation. According to Britz, ASA also resolved that it would co-operate if a commission of inquiry into the Caster Semenya saga was instituted.

Chuene had come under heavy criticism after admitting to have lied about the events that had led to Semenya's gender tests. Chuene had consistently insisted that he knew nothing about gender tests performed on Semenya before the athlete left South Africa for a competition in Berlin last month.

The Sports Ministry last week called for Chuene's dismissal while opposition party's were also vying for his head.