Team Singapore

Philippines call for gender tests on Indon volleyball player

A gender row hit the SEA Games yesterday after the Philippines demanded that organisers carry out tests on a women's volleyball player from Indonesia.

A team official confirmed that the Philippines had asked for a gender test on Aprilia Santini Manganang, 23, ahead of their game tomorrow.

Competition organisers were not immediately available for comment and there was no response from officials from Indonesia to what risks becoming a storm of controversy.

The Philippines' delegation spokesman said she didn't expect any test to be carried out before the game.

"She's very powerful, it's like putting a male in the female division," said Philippines coach Roger Gorayeb said, according to Inquirer.net.

"Whether she plays or not, it doesn't matter because we will be playing our best here," he added.

- AFP.

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