For athlete Santhi Soundarajan, whose life was turned upside down after failing a gender test, there is finally some good news after struggling for almost a decade.
Santhi is all set to get a permanent job as a coach with the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu, Santhi has won medals at several international tracks and field events.
Santhi thanked Jayalithaa, as it was because of her she got a permanent job. She said that I couldn’t even step out of home and roam freely but thanks to her now I am free to o around the city without any fear. I truly hope this decision will put an end to all this now.
She got many offers from private institutes which were offering her good pay, but she did not take up any of the offer as she wanted to cater to the poorer section of the society, Santhi’s friend and advocate at the Madras High Court stated.
To get back her silver medal which she won in 2006 at Asian Games restored through Court of Arbitration for Sport, the 35 year old athlete now plans to file a petition in High court. Because she failed a gender test, she was stripped off her silver medal which she won at Doha Asian Games.
All her achievements till date were discredited as she was diagnosed with hyperandrogenism, which is characterised by circulation of excessive testosterone (male hormone) in the female body. Because of this she even tried to commit suicide. She worked in a brick kiln in her home district after this incident, she went through a very tough phase in her life during this time.
The State will plead her case with the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, Nadu Sports Minister K. Pandiarajan said. He also said that we will write to SAI Olympic Association and Athletics Federation of India to take up Santhi’s case in that forum. Its not only a question of getting back Santhi’s medal, its about getting back her dignity. The State government will do everything which is possible to get back her dignity and bring justice to her, the minister said.