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Indian Athlete Fails Gender Test

December 20th, 2006 · 1 Comment

How does one fail a gender test? And really, how hard could it be to assess someone’s gender? I agree if could be more challenging if the doctor cannot pull the patient’s pants down, but since we all know doctors can do that, how hard can it be?

Santhi Soundararajan, an erstwhile female athlete who was declared the best athlete at an Indian championship failed a gender test in Doha. (Since the award was for “best athlete”, she should get to keep it right, irrespective of whether or not she is female?)

KP Mohan, a sports journalist, said athletes were usually examined by a team of doctors, including a gynaecologist, endocrinologist and psychologist, and put through physical and clinical examinations during a gender test.

And here’s how ridiculous it is – she passed the gender test at the Asian track and field championship last year before winning a gold medal. I tell you, there is something non-standard with these tests. I would love to learn why the heck its so hard to find someone’s gender!