The argument over controversial runner Caster Semenya has taken another turn after the president and board of Athletics South Africa (ASA) were suspended.

The decision was made by the country's Olympic governing body in connection with how the athlete's gender verification tests were handled by ASA.

The organization has admitted wrongdoing and offered the 18-year-old runner an unconditional apology.

It has emerged ASA was aware that the governing body of world athletics (IAAF) carried out gender tests on her before she was allowed to compete at the World Championships in August.

ASA had previously denied any knowledge of a test prior to the 800 meters event in Germany, which Semenya easily won.

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