Just saw this on the athletics coverage - it seems very odd, and worth discussing the rights and wrongs, esp. as it seems to have been sparked by rumours. I'm puzzled why the testing takes so long - I'd have thought a chromosome test would be ok - unless you had odd results like XXY, etc. Can anyone enlighten me?
I think they are right to do it even if there is the tiniest amount of doubt. However, I'm with Michael Johnson on this one it should have been kept secret until an announcement could be made, if any was needed.
I am disgusted that this has come out so close to her final event. Bloody sick
I kind of knew what they were going to say before they said it.
I don't think that a single chromosome test is enough though is it? Would it not be possible to have XY chromosomes and yet still produce male levels of certain hormones, if she has some sort hormone imbalance problem? I don't know though. I know nothing about this sort of thing.
I don't know the ins and outs of it either but I do agree that it should have been done anonymously. Poor woman - having her whole identity queried.
She has a very masculine jaw and frame - in fact I did think the photograph was of a man. Wondered if there was a hormone imbalance (has obvious facial hair), performance enhancing drugs, or is intersex. But she is very young, how horrible to have this attention.
i think i am being really stupid here - do they think she is a man that has had a sex change, or still a man and has found some way to hide it? and if she has a hormone imbalance that is not caused by drugs then what would the outcome be?
Did you mean XX, niecie? I'd have thought that if you were XX, then you were female, and your level of testosterone, if natural, was just part of the deal - surely getting into very sticky area if that one got opened up?
x-posts, Nancy. I don't know what they think, but yes, that's my question - a natural excess of hormone surely isn't something that could disqualify you. And don't conditions like PCOS cause excess facial hair, etc?
Unfair advantage is really dodgy ground, though, isn't it? I mean, Usain Bolt is really unusual in being very tall and very fast, which gives him a Huge advantage, but not something that should disqualify him.
Stripey, that's sort of why I posted - I'd kind of naively assumed that XX would do the trick for these purposes (accepting that you do get XXY, XYY, etc), and realised by the battery of tests that I was wrong. Still don't understand why, though. Was Tamum really the only MN geneticist?
habbibu, i think i agree with what you are saying, if it is down to a condition she was born with and has no control over and possibly had no knowledge of until people questioned her, it doesnt seem fair to ban her.