Philippines Demands Sex Test On Indonesian Volleyball Player

The Philippines requested SEA Games organizers to run a gender test on an Indonesian women’s volleyball player on Tuesday, risking a storm of controversy.

Philippines coach Roger Gorayeb singled out Indonesia’s Aprilia Santini Manganang because of her appearance and powerful physique, Filipino website inquirer.net said.

Philippines Calls For Sex Test On Indonesian Volleyball Player

The Philippines’ delegation spokeswoman confirmed the request, but said she didn’t expect any test to be carried out before the game in Singapore on Wednesday.

Gender testing is highly controversial, both because of the psychological effects on the athlete and because the science of the process is murky and complex.

While it is unknown whether authorities will grant the Philippines’ request, previous gender cases have dragged on over long periods, to the detriment of the athlete involved.

The Philippines’ delegation spokeswoman confirmed the request, but said she didn’t expect any test to be carried out before the game in Singapore on Wednesday.