Tuesday, December 19, 2006
from Yahoo News:
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- 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.
Santhi Soundarajan, 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.
"IOA has asked the Athletic Federation of India to return the medal as desired by the Olympic Council of Asia," the Indian Olympic group said.
The IOA also asked its medical commission to inquire into Soundarajan's case and report within 10 days.
There are no compulsory gender tests during events sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federations, but athletes may be asked to take a gender test. The medical evaluation panel usually includes a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist and internal medicine specialist.
An Indian athletics official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media said Soundarajan almost certainly never had sex-change surgery.
Instead, the official said Soundarajan appeared to have "abnormal chromosomes." The official also said the test revealed more Y chromosomes than allowed.
Soundarajan was not immediately available for comment.
would she be allowed at Michfest?
what does this mean for her medal?
also, sort of unrelated, but just read the most outrageous op-ed in the Daily News - not really about tranny politics but definitely about feminist politics. get ready to throw up in your mouth a little bit, it is seriously offensive.
so...not to be flip, but how many Y chromosomes are allowed?
is this a sports issue? a gender issue? some combination?
Presumably, she's lived as a woman all her life, so yes.
However, I have no idea how they'd deal with the fact that she's just been subjected to sexism because she failed to be enough of a woman.
I think my honey's a sweetiepie for passing this news on to me before any bloggers got it to me...even though he thought I'd have never heard of such a thing, about which he was completely wrong. ;-)
I've read my Anne Fausto-Sterling!