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Dutee’s problem

New Delhi: Athlete Dutee Chand found herself in deep trouble on Wednesday after Sports Authority of India (SAI) said she was not eligible to compete in the female category.

While sources claimed the Odisha-based athlete was asked to undergo a gender verification test in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules, SAI said the athlete has failed the test that was done to check the level of androgen in her body.

Refusing to name the athlete to maintain confidentiality protocol, SAI, in a statement, said: “We have conducted such a test on an athlete. The test simply tells us that she has excess androgen in her body and is therefore not eligible to compete in the female category.”

Dutee, who was originally named in the women’s 4x100m-relay team for the Commonwealth Games before being dropped later, was under the scanner with the SAI reportedly ordering a gender verification test on her.

The 18-year-old has been in good form recently, bagging two gold medals in the 200m and 4x400m-relay events at the Asian Junior Athletics Championships in Taipei.