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Of all the regrettable things to get suspended for in professional athletics, failing a gender test has got to be the most humiliating. Getting busted for steroids or illegal supplements is silly, yet understandable, but having your silver medal stripped because a gaming committee has decided you're a little too mannish, well, that's got to sting a bit more. That's exactly what happened to Indian runner Shanti Soundarajan who, after silver medaling at the Asian Games, had it taken away this week because she had more Y chromosomes than Olympic-caliber international competition allows and — actual quote from the report — "Did not possess the sexual characteristics of a woman." Ouchy.