While watching athletes closely at national meets over the last few years, P. T. Usha has often wondered whether some of the girls running there were genuinely girls.
And now, with South Africa’s double Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya losing her appeal in the Swiss Federal Tribunal against regulations that force women with high testosterone levels to take medication to compete internationally in events from the 400m to the mile, Usha feels that athletes with similar issues in India will try to get out of these events.
“I think we have some such 20 athletes in our country. Most of them are running in the 400m and 800m with one or two in the 1500m,” said Usha in a chat with Sportstar on Wednesday.
‘Need to watch them closely’
“And I feel quartermilers will not take medication to reduce their testosterone level to run the event. Isn’t the high testosterone level the reason for…