Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Beijing Olympics: All athletes please report to the sex determination lab
Xinhuanet, a China news agency, is reporting that "Beijing has set up a sex determination lab to test female Olympic athletes suspected to be males." The story says that testing is normal, but athletes have failed the test. The story states, "At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, eight athletes failed the tests but were all cleared by subsequent examinations." The New York Times posted a similar, albeit short, story on its Olympics blog. The New York Times asked its readers: "What do you think? Is the possibility of male athletes posing as women in the Olympics great enough to warrant such testing? Or are these tests inappropriate?" As of early Tuesday morning, the Times had nearly 100 comments.