Saturday, September 19, 2015

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand won gold (100 m) at the National Open Athletics Championships in Salt Lake. :

She
finished in just 11.68 seconds. It should
be noted that Chand was banned under
athletics' hyperandrogenism policy,
which found she had naturally high
levels of testosterone above a
permissible level. She created history
following a successful appeal against a
ban imposed after a so-called gender
test.
The Railways sprinter, who had won
100m and 200m double in National
Open Athletics Ranchi 2013, was
banned since last summer after failing a
hormone test. But the Court of
Arbitration for Sport, in its July verdict,
suspended the "hyperandrogenism"
rules, which will be scrapped if IAAF
cannot provide new evidence.
19-year-old Dutee who hails from
Chaka Gopalpur village in Odisha,
dedicated this win to the sports minister
Sarbananda Sonowal. Dutee is the third
of seven children to a weaver couple.
Dutee is currently undergoing training at
the Pullela Gopichand Badminton
Academy in Hyderabad and Nagpuri
Ramesh is her coach.
Androgen
Androgens may be called "male
hormones.
But both men's and women's bodies
produce androgens, just in differing
amounts.
The principal androgens are
testosterone and androstenedione.
They are present in much higher
levels in men and play an important
role in male traits and reproductive
activity.
In women, androgens play a key role
in the hormonal cascade that kick-
starts puberty, stimulating hair
growth in the pubic and underarm
areas.