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  • Transgender athletes are not getting any unfair advantage during competitions: Dutee
  • Dutee was once accused of being a man after failing a testosterone test

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Amid transgender athletes getting banned from participating in women's international events, India's star sprinter Dutee Chand has termed the move unfair.

While talking to the Times of India, the two-time Asian Games medallist said that transgender athletes are not getting any unfair advantage during competitions.

Also read: Rugby follows FINA's move, bans transgender players from women's internationals

She also stated that transgenders have already 'faced a lot of societal pressure and humiliation to reach the top level and one should not make things difficult for them.'

The current 100-metre national champion added that it should be 'accepted as god's gift because what's happening in an individual human body shouldn't concern others.'

Dutee was once accused of being a man after failing the hyperandrogenism (male testosterone) test. She in fact fought against World Athletics' policy in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in 2015, which brought her global sporting recognition.

Also read: FIFA to review transgender eligibility rules after change in FINA swimming's policy

Notably, swimming body FINA was the first international sporting federation to ban transgenders in women's events. Rugby and Cycling have followed FINA's suit while FIFA, World Athletics, and World Netball Federation are all currently reviewing their transgender eligibility policies.

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