Saturday, March 14, 2009
Female Athlete Was Really A Man
A Chinese woman athlete who won dozens of medals has thrown most of them away after learning she is really a man. Xiao Nan, of Chengdu, won more than 40 medals as a women in student competitions after graduating from high school. But after hospital tests confirmed Xiao's suspicions that she was really a man she has thrown out all but 10 of them. "Being a champion was never a happy thing to me. Standing on the podium made me feel guilty, and I always thought the real champion should have been the one standing next to me," Xiao said.
Xiao's extraordinary athletic performances in schools and in provincial and national competitions, won her great honour and free access to university education. But, inside, she felt confused: "I felt I often had an impulse or desire for women instead of men. And my body is more like a man than a woman."
Xiao had a check-up at a local hospital and the result confirmed she had male chromosomes. He is now living as a man and has begun a course of sex change surgery at Sichuan Xichan Plastic Surgery Hospital which will take nine months.
"The first thing I want to do after the surgery is to go swimming, wearing only boxer shorts," Xiao told Chengdu Business Daily.
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