Southeast Asian Games organisers reject gender test for Indonesian volleyballer Aprilia

Singapore: Sea Games organisers turned down a request to gender-test an Indonesian women's volleyball player yesterday as she faced down boos on the court and defiantly said she was ready to undergo scrutiny.

Aprilia Santini Manganang of Indonesia. PIC/AFP
Aprilia Santini Manganang of Indonesia. PIC/AFP 

Organising committee SINGSOC said the Philippines' plea over Aprilia Manganang, 23, had been rejected after a review of medical documents.

Appeal rejected
"The Southeast Asian Games Federation medical committee (has) reviewed the documents submitted by the Indonesian volleyball team and... the appeal has since been rejected," a statement said.

The Philippines risked opening a long and complex process with its request on the eve of the volleyball tournament at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Singapore.

Manganang has previously faced questions over her gender and despite booing from Filipino fans, she appeared unfazed as Indonesia beat the Philippines 25-22, 25-20, 25-14 in their Pool B opener.

"I am ready (for a gender test). I am also not in the wrong — whatever I have is given from above," Manganang said in Bahasa.

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