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Kenyan woman will not be competing at World Juniors because her passport said she is a man

The Nation wrote:
Kenya’s Mercy Chepkorir has been left out of Kenya team for the World Under-20 Championships in athletics starting Tuesday this week in Tampere, Finland.

Chepkorir, who would have competed in women’s 3,000m, failed to travel with the rest of the team on Sunday following an anomaly in her passport, which indicated that she was male.

Athletics Kenya chairman in charge of youth and development Barnaba Korir described the mistake as unfortunate saying the Finnish Embassy returned the passport on Friday, making it impossible to launch new application.


Can someone explain to me why would prevent someone from flying to Finland? I don't get it.

1) They don't ask for your sex when you buy a plane ticket - just your name. So that would match up.

2) I assume they don't do sex testing in an airport. The Passport person might see "male" and think "This looks like a woman" but certainly if it was the US, there is no way they'd ask you to prove it.

3) What am I missing? Are they fearful that when she got Finland, it would be a problem if she tried to enter the women's competition with a men's passport? You think given how PC everyone is, they'd understand it was an administrative error and let her compete.

https://www.nation.co.ke/sports/athletics/Passport-anomaly-locks-out-athlete-from-World-Championship/1100-4653164-15d7fvz/index.html

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