By Gary Anderson

Sprinter Dutee Chand (left) has been embroiled in a gender row after being left out of the Indian athletics squad for Glasgow 2014 ©AFP/Getty ImagesSprinter Dutee Chand has been omitted from India's athletics squad named for next week's Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games just days after she underwent a gender verification test.

Chand had been part of a list of 41 athletes on a provisional list for the Indian team that was cut down to 32 for the Games in Glasgow.

She was due to compete in the Indian sprint relay teams.

According to reports in India, the 18-year-old sprinter has undergone a gender verification test at the behest of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Chand confirmed to The New Indian Express that she had been taken for tests last week in Bangalore, but claims she has not been told what they were about but was informed she will not be permitted to compete at the upcoming International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Junior World Championships in Oregon in the United States, as well as the Commonwealth Games.

"A few days ago, I was taken to the hospital and asked to give tests," she said.

"They said it was a routine check-up before the World Junior Championship, which will be held from July 22 to 27 in Oregon.

"I don't know what the test was about.

"When I asked the doctor for reports, she told me there was some problem in my blood, so I wouldn't be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games or in any international event.

"They didn't give me the report.

"The doctor and one of the coaches threatened me to sign on some paper.

"It was in English, so I couldn't make out the contents."

Director general of the SAI, Jiji Thomson, has confirmed Chand underwent tests but did not make the results public.

"The test was taken last week," said Thomson.

"If the results are confirmed, then naturally, we will not send her.

"We have zero tolerance towards age fraud, doping and these things."

But the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has denied that Chand's omission from the squad has anything to do with tests carried out on the athlete, insisting she was left off the team because she did not meet the qualifying standards.

Dutee Chand (left) won 200m bronze at last year's Asian Athletics Championships in Pune ©AFP/Getty ImagesDutee Chand (left) won 200m bronze at last year's Asian Athletics Championships in Pune ©AFP/Getty Images

Speaking to insidethegames, AFI chief operating officer, Manish Kumar, claimed the governing body has not received any official contact or documentation from the SAI or any other authority stating that Chand was not left out of the Indian squad regarding gender issues.

"From the point of view of the women's relay teams we were looking at the top six performers over the calendar year and though Dutee Chand is a rising athlete, she failed to make the cut," said Kumar.

"The only criteria for the AFI was the qualification standard and there was nothing else taken into consideration by the Selection Committee.

"Gender discrimination is illegal in any part of the world.

"Any kind of gender bias or speculation about an athlete is unfair either by the authorities or the media.

"We have seen the media reports but as far as we are concerned we have not received anything official from any authority and we are clueless about all these gender reports [regarding Chand]."

Kumar confirmed that Chand, a 200 metres bronze medallist at the Asian Athletics Championships in Pune last year, had been on the provisional list of athletes for the Games in Glasgow but said it was normal procedure for squads to be trimmed down leading up to the event.

When contacted by insidethegames, the SAI claimed there was no one available for comment.

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