By Neil Wilson Last updated at 1:28 AM on 06th November 2009
Caster Semenya has received an unconditional apology from Athletics South Africa for their mishandling of the gender row which followed her 800metres win at the World Championships.
ASA president Leonard Chuene, the board of ASA and its members have been suspended by the country's Olympic governing body pending a disciplinary investigation into the affair.
Six weeks ago Chuene refused to resign despite admitting he had lied when he said there had been no gender verification tests carried out on Semenya, 18, before the Berlin event.
Semenya, who had improved 15 seconds in 12 months, was acclaimed as a national hero on her return from Germany. There was outrage in South Africa when it emerged the IAAF world governing body had carried out a gender test.
Yesterday's apology is the first implicit admission the fault lies in South Africa. It is now accepted that tests on Semenya before the World Championships - showing she had three times as much testosterone as a normal woman - led to ASA's doctor recommending she be withdrawn.
The IAAF's own tests in Berlin are believed to have found Semenya has male and female characteristics and she could be stripped of her medal. It is more likely a second gold will be awarded to Kenya's Janeth Jepkosgei, with Semenya being told she could return to the sport after surgery and one year's treatment.
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