Monday, December 18, 2006

Indian Sportswoman Hard In The Tackle

How's this for a bizarre story? Interesting that a gender test could be subject to such thorough rigour - this one called for a gynaecologist, an endocrinologist and a psychologist. One might have thought that a cursory physical inspection, in the manner of The Crying Game, might have sufficed. Unless, of course, 'Ms' Soundarajan (the Beeb remains faithful to her declared gender until further notice) has crossed the boundaries between the sexes. In which case, might we ask what is the legal standing of transexual people in the world of sport? And do the regulations unfairly penalise countries that are considered, however unfairly, to have a larger population of transexuals (I am thinking, of course, of Brazil and Thailand, among others)?