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The sordid history of gender testing and the Olympic Games

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Gender testing began because the International Olympic Committee refused to believe ‘real’ women could or should participate in traditionally male track events. The all-male IOC insisted the fairer sex’s fragility made events like the 800m impossible for the delicate female constitution. However, 20th-century testing failed to identify male imposters. Instead, it evolved to exclude women …

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Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner presented Keys to the City of Brisbane to the AFLW Lions following their recent premiership win. The Keys to the City is the highest honour in the gift of local government authorities. Images: Tina Eastley Brisbane’s AFLW Lions team defeated the Adelaide Crows to claim the season premiership the previous Saturday. …

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Olympic great Caster Semenya will probably not run at the Tokyo Olympics. World Athletics will only allow her to compete if she takes medication to lower her testosterone levels. Classified by World Athletics as an athlete with differences in sex development (DSD), Caster Semenya refuses to medically re-engineer her body. She told the Guardian she …

dawn fraser

Olympic great Dawn Fraser addressed decades-long rumours about her sexuality in an interview with the Courier-Mail this weekend. Dawn Fraser One of Australia’s best ever swimmers and greatest Olympians, Dawn Fraser won four Olympic and six Commonwealth Games gold medals. She won individual gold medals for the same event at three consecutive Olympics. Only two …

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Rainbow Chess comes to Rainbow Beach this May when Team Rainbow Inc presents the inaugural Rainbow Chess Competition. Besides the chess, visitors can view the famous coloured sands, grab a selfie at the Rainbow Stairway or take a vehicular ferry to World Heritage K’Gari (Fraser Island). The day-long event on 29 May offers an opportunity …

Justin Thomas

The Ralph Lauren Corporation cancelled its sponsorship of Justin Thomas over his use of a homophobic slur. The former World Number One golfer called a golf ball a ‘fa__ot’ during a tournament in Hawaii. Television microphones picked up Justin Thomas muttering the slur after he missed a par putt. Thomas apologised for the slur during …

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David Beckham stripped to his underwear and performed 22 pushups on top of a grand piano. Fortunately, the sports star posted the video to his Instagram. It is all because Becks is currently participating in the “22 Pushup” challenge. That asks people to do 22 pushups for 22 days to raise awareness of military men …

Pole Vaulter penis Hiroki Ogita

28-year-old Japanese pole vaulter Hiroki Ogita saw his Olympic dreams crushed last weekend. His penis apparently caused him to foul during the all-important qualifying rounds in the men’s pole vaulting event at the Rio Olympics. With the bar set at 5.3 metres, it stayed in place despite and despite connecting with his legs… until the …