Cyclist Supports Santhi
Roy - Tuesday,
October 23, 2007 (New Delhi)
Canadian Cyclist Supports
after a private matter was blown into the public domain and Santhi Sounderajan
lost her silver medal from the Doha Asian Games, a canadian cyclist is
campaigning for the medal to be returned to the athlete.
Sounderajan had failed a gender test in the December games but says it is the
result of a gender policy gone terribly wrong.
The Indian Olympic Association and the Olympic Council of Asia for their part,
had washed their hands off the issue once Santhi's medal was taken away.
But maybe now if their international parent body, the IOC, responds to Worley's
campaign, there might be some pressure created
Kristen Worley, the canadian cyclist has started an internet campaign to have
Santhi's medal given back to her.
The article on the Internet is the result of some very persistent campaigning
from Kristen Worley.
The Canadian cyclist, who has undergone a sex change procedure from male to
female herself, began lobbying for Santhi Sounderajan to be given back her
silver medal from Doha last year itself.
Her campaign has now gathered momentum. She has even written to the President of
the International Olympic Committee, Jacques Rogge.
This artcle also features on prominent gay rights websites like gaywired.com.
Kristen Worley is on a twin mission though trying as she is to make it to the
canadian team for the Beijing Olympics which will be a first in itself. And
she's keen that what happened with Santhi is never repeated again.
The Indian athlete was not only stripped of the medal after failing a gender
test but also faced public humiliation.
It's precisely that humiliation approach that a month ago saw the 26-year-old in
a coma after a suicide attempt.
Santhi's family says the athlete did nothing wrong and that her condition is a
result of the Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome that affects the growth of genital
Worley's campaign may not succeed in giving Santhi her medal back, but if it can
help clear some of those misconceptions, it will certainly make the athlete's
life just that little bit easier.