Report: Indian Runner Fails Gender Test

New Delhi, India (AP) -- An Indian runner who won a silver medal in the women's 800 meters at this month's Asian Games has failed a gender test and been stripped of the medal.

The Times of India says test results for the runner that were sent to the Indian Olympic Association show that she "does not possess the sexual characteristics of a woman."

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 internal medicine specialist.

For years, gender verification tests were conducted at the Olympics, but they were dropped before the 2000 games because not all women have standard female chromosomes. There have also been cases of people who have ambiguous genitalia or other congenital conditions.

Accusations of men impersonating women and competing in the Olympics have been made in the past.

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