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Sex testing at the Olympics should be abolished once and for all

Sex testing at the Olympics should be abolished once and for all

LIKE the proverbial whack-a-mole, the Olympic sex test keeps coming back — with disastrous effects for women athletes across the globe — no matter how many times athletes and human rights’ advocates think they have abolished it. BRUCE KIDD, Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Toronto The test was introduced in the 1930s to weed out “abnormal women athletes” from the Olympics. The first test was a physical examination. During the 1960s, when women began to object to the test’s “nude parades,” the official response was not abolition, but replacement by chromosome analysis. Feminists, athletes, geneticists, ethicists,…
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