- The Washington Times - Monday, December 18, 2006

1:03 p.m.

NEW DELHI, India — 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 was tested after the race this month in Doha, Qatar.

The Indian Olympic Association said today 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 Sounderajan’s case and report within 10 days.

There are no compulsory gender tests during events sanctioned by track and field’s international ruling body, but athletes may be asked to take a gender test. The medical evaluation panel usually includes a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist and internal medicine specialist.

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