Caster Semenya: Local Gender Tests Done On South African Runner

11/18/2009 04:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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

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

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

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

Neither Chuene, Malehopo nor Adams were immediately available for comment.

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