Foekje Dillema is a woman after all
DNA tests proved the late Dutch athlete, who was permanently suspended from athletics union because she was allegedly a man, turned out be a woman after all.23 July 2008
THE NETHERLANDS - DNA tests carried out by a Dutch sports programme have proved that late Dutch athlete Foekje Dillema was a woman after all.
Fifty-eight years ago, Foekje Dillema was permanently suspended by the Royal Dutch Athletics Union because a medical examination allegedly proved her to be a man. The affair caused quite a stir.
Dillema was the main rival of Olympic gold medallist Fanny Blankers-Koen, whose influential husband allegedly wanted to sidetrack Dillema by questioning her gender.
In 2007, she was posthumously rehabilitated by the Royal Dutch Athletics Union.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]
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