Asian Games Bronze medallist Nandini Agasara recently snubbed the transgender allegations made by compatriot Swapna Barman, challenging her. Agasara asserted her identity as a woman and expressed her disappointment over the controversy that affected her victory. She revealed her plans to take up the issue with the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
“I know what I am. Ask her to show proof. I will also show that I have won the medal for India. I only want to do well for the country. Now we have won, so people have started talking about it. I will take up this issue with AFI for sure. I wanted to enjoy the moment of winning the medal but going back to India as my mother is not well,” Nandini told India Today.
Swapna took to social media to claim that Nandini is a transgender person, which is against athletics rules. It should be noted that Swapna did not mention Nandini’s name, but given that she won the bronze medal, it is clear who Swapna was aiming for.
“I have lost my Asian Games bronze medal to transgender women at the 19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou,China. I want my medal back as it is against the rules of our athletics. Help me and support me please. #protestforfairplay,” Swapna had posted.
Notably, Swapna later deleted her post from X, where she had made the allegations. Barman told India Today that such a performance is not possible in four months. Barman said that she thought that Agasara would not compete in the Asian Games. Swapna was in contention for a silver medal after a strong start in the 100 m hurdles, but she fell behind after failing to clear the 1.73m mark in the high jump. She also had a disappointing shot put performance, finishing third-last.