Tuesday, December 19, 2006

...Early to Rise or More oddity in India

So here's an article that Associated Press reported the other day...

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.

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As if I wasn't enough trying to decipher my dear old friend Jerry, her is something that goes beyond the oddity of camping aside a leper colony in search of inner peace. Think back to all of the tests you've ever taken. Of all of them, I mean every single one of those things. Heck, include surveys...in your wildest dreams, would you ever think it possible that there'd be an easier test to pass than to identify your own gender? How in the world is it humanly possible to fail a gender test? This my friends proves beyond the shadow of any doubt that my pal Jerry is crying for help. How could karma, Brahma, or any of those things ever be found in a place where gender, of all things, is uncertain?

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