Briefs: Indian runner gets disqualified for failing gender test
Daily News Wire Services
Article Last Updated: 12/18/2006 10:53:54 PM PST
An Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women’s 800 meters at the Asian Games failed a gender test and was stripped of the medal.
Shanti Sounderajan, 25, took the gender test in Doha, Qatar, after placing second.
The Indian Olympic Association said Monday it has been told by the Olympic Council of Asia that the 25-year-old runner was disqualified.
An Indian athletics official said Sounderajan almost certainly never had sex-change surgery. Instead, the official said Sounderajan appeared to have “abnormal chromosomes.” The official also said the test revealed more Y chromosomes than allowed.
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-> I have only one thing to say on this…I insist that they test Lance Bloody Armstrong. If the evidence of one testicle racing isn’t enough to test an athlete’s gender, I don’t know. The old…”one gonad made me cycle faster” thing, isn’t working for me.
Ok, seriously. I’m kidding about Lancey boy…He DID survive cancer, he is an inspiration to millions of people and won like a gazillion canary yellow polyester sweaters despite the fact that one half of the sporting fraternity hails him a hero and the other half still cries ‘foul’. So, let’s leave him out of it.
But RANDOM gender testing??! C’mon … You have to admit. It begs an interesting question…
What maketh the man or woman?
Is it a matter of having the right equipment?
Is it a matter of hormones and abnormal chromosomes?
Although Shanti’s spokespeople strongly denies a sex-change, does it matter? I am of the understanding that a sex change does not only involve the lobbing off of the bits you no longer need, it’s also about hormone treatment and replacment…
Or maybe I’m just bored and need to go back to reading more interesting stuff – Like Kevin and Britter’s de-wors.
And stop randomly poking at things which might or might not concern