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South Africa's government calls for athletics boss to be axed

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s government received support on Sunday for its demand that the country’s top athletics official be axed after he admitted lying about gender tests conducted on 800-meter world champion Caster Semenya.

Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene apologized Saturday, saying he had lied to protect the 18-year-old’s privacy.

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The sports ministry called on the ASA to fire Chuene.

"If they fail to do so, they run the risk of being led by a liar," Gert Oosthuizen, the deputy sports minister, said in a statement.

For once, the country’s main opposition was in agreement.

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Democratic Alliance spokesman Donald Lee said Chuene had damaged South Africa’s image.

"Mr. Chuene’s immediate dismissal is the very least that needs to happen," he said in a statement.

Chuene was not immediately available for comment.

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