Chand: I lost my honour after gender case

The 19-year-old (pictured left) was banned last summer after failing the controversial testosterone test, but has been cleared to race again after the Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended "hyperandrogenism" rules, which will be scrapped altogether if athletics bosses cannot provide new evidence.

"I know people started suspecting whether I was a woman or a man. All the honour I earned – I lost," Chand said.

"My friends used to start asking what's wrong with me, and started to avoid me. In training centres, where girls used to share rooms, I was kept separately."

Speaking to BBC Hindi, Chand said she knew she would be vindicated.

"I never thought I would lose, because I always knew I was not at fault," she added.

"I am very thankful to the judges that they have taken a close look at my case and given the decision in my favour. I have got justice. I am a normal girl."

Chand said she was glad others will not have to go through what she did.

"When I got to know the judgement – I can't tell you how I felt. I am happy that no-one else will have to hear all the abuse that I had to hear."

Chand was the first athlete to challenge the new regulations, which were introduced in the wake of the Caster Semenya affair in 2009.

South African Semanya was asked to take a gender test shortly before winning the 800m at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin.

She later returned to competition, winning a silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012.

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