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Chuene Charges Revealed

South Africa’s Olympic committee have made public the charges levelled against Leonard Chuene, with the former athletics chief found guilty on nine out of the 11 brought against him.

Caster Semenya with Leonard Chuene

Caster Semenya with Leonard Chuene

Earlier this week, the country’s Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) revealed that a disciplinary inquiry panel found that Chuene had misappropriated funds and was involved in tax evasion.

The verdict came 15 months after he and the rest of his Athletics South Africa (ASA) board was first suspended.

Amongst the most notable issues released, Chuene was found guilty of wrongfully taking performance bonuses, credit card abuse and mishandling the gender case of World 800 metres champion Caster Semenya.

Chuene has admitted lying about tests conducted on the athlete, who spent close to a year on the sidelines while the controversy raged.

ASA vice-president Kakata Maponyane and executive member Simon Dlamini were found guilty on three charges each.

SASCOC chief executive officer Tubby Reddy said: “It’s what we have promised. All along we have maintained that we are transparent and that we have nothing to hide.

“The findings have been seen and endorsed by both the Minister of Sport and the Deputy Minister of Sport.

“The findings have also been seen and endorsed by the SASCOC board. We have consistently been respectful of the investigation process and we are happy that the correct process and procedures have been followed.”

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