South Africa’s highest sports body has ordered an investigation into the finances and administration of the country’s athletics association after finding evidence that documents had been shredded or deleted from computers.

The national Olympic governing body took over Athletics South Africa last year and began probing the handling of 800-metre world champion Caster Semenya’s gender tests.

Tubby Reddy, chief executive of the Olympic organisation, said that criminal charges could result from the probe.

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