London, Sep 19: An e-mail exchange revealed that Athletics South Africa (ASA) was aware of Caster Semenya's gender issue even before it was questioned at World Championships, Berlin.
According to the e-mail exchanges published in the Mail and Guardian newspaper, ASA officials were aware of the findings of a Pretoria clinic that Semenya had internal testes and produced abnormal amounts of testosterone for a woman, Times Online reports.
It was ASA's chief medical officer and team doctor, Harold Adams, who had suggested the need carrying out the tests on Semenya, 18, because of her deep voice, muscular body and facial hair, which later became a subject of controversy in Berlin.
Another email exchange shows that Adams later suggested that the results to be kept confidential while the South African team was in Berlin.
"Thinking about the current confidential matter, I would suggest we make the following decisions. 1. We get a gynae opinion and take it to Berlin. 2. We do nothing and I will handle these issues if they come up in Berlin," the report quoted from Dr Adams' email to ASA President Leonard Chuene and General Manager Molatelo Malehopo, as saying.
Following the IAAF establishing that Semenya was a hermaphrodite, South African officials not only angrily denounced it, but also denied carrying out their own tests.
Wilfred Daniels, Semenya's ex-coach said that ASA duped her making the gender test appear to her as routine drug tests.