Report: Asian Games silver medalist fails gender test
NEW DELHI, India (AP) -- An Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women's 800 meters in the Asian Games this month has failed a gender test and is expected to be stripped of the medal, according to reports Monday.
Santhi Soudarajan took the gender test in Doha, Qatar, after the victory.
The test reports sent to the Indian Olympic Association on Sunday said Soudarajan "does not possess the sexual characteristics of a woman," The Times of India reported. The test was administered by a medical commission set up by the games' organizers.
There are no compulsory gender tests during events sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federation, but athletes can be asked to take a gender test. The medical evaluation panel usually includes a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, and an internal medicine specialist.
You'd think a gender test would be the simpliest exam for anyone to pass. Maybe this is just the next step along the line of searching for an edge in women's athletics. First we had women pumped full of bull testosterone but surely this is more efficient. Who knows, maybe an adam's apple might even help wind resistance.