Mumbai: Asian Games silver medallist Santhi Soundarajan's tragic story from being the nations top athlete to a daily wage labourer due to a gender test result made headlines. But what are these 'gender tests'? How exact are these tests that have also been conducted on another athlete Pinki Parmanik?
Pinki burst into the world scene with a stellar performance at the South Asian Games in 2006. Now she's been forced to prove her sex. Pinki Pramanik's contemporary Santhi was stripped off her medals after a failed gender test. The incidents have put the spotlight on 'gender' - a complex physical and social puzzle.
There is no one test that can determine with scientific certainty whether one is a male or a female. In fact a battery of tests are conducted by a group of doctors, which include an endocrinologist, a gynaecologist, an internal medicine expert, an expert on gender and a psychologist, to determine the gender. ...more
08:51 AM, Jul 26, 2012
New Delhi: Santhi Soundarajan, an Indian athlete whose career in sports ended after a failed gender test, is working as a daily wager at a brick kiln in Tamil Nadu, the Times of India reported on Tuesday. The Asian Games medallist was stripped of her women's 800 metres silver medal in the 2006 Asian Games after failing a gender test and was admitted to hospital two years later following a...
12:14 PM, Jul 24, 2012
New Delhi: A dark side of Indian athletics has come to the fore yet again as 2006 Doha Asiad silver medallist Santhi Soundarajan works as a daily wage labourer in a brick factory, as reported by the national daily Times of India. This came after she was stripped off her medal for failing a gender test. It was only downhill from there, Santhi's name and achievements were erased from the...
11:23 AM, Jul 24, 2012