The nine-time Wimbledon champion and gay rights activist, Martina Navratilova has been highly criticised.
Rules in some sports that allowed transgender women to compete in women’s tournaments were “insane”, and that she would not want to play against a trans athlete.Martina Navratilova
Transgender Athletes Right To Compete
“Clearly that can’t be right. You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”
Hence, sparking the debate further by saying that for her it’s all about fairness.
Nine-Time Wimbledon champion went on to say that there is no cookie cutter way of doing things.
Her comments were rightly seized upon by Dr Rachel McKinnon, a transgender activist and competitive cyclist who this year controversially won a women’s event at the UCI Masters Track World Championship.
Rachel McKinnon quickly hit back and called the comments “disturbing, upsetting and deeply transphobic”.
Do Trans women Have An Advantage In Sports?
Medical experts have proven that being a trans woman does not necessarily give them an advantage in many sports.
FurtherExperts have also said trans women who regularly take estrogen do not have an advantage.
The backlash to Navratilova’s comments was swift and now Athlete Ally has cut ties with the star.
Furthermore, athlete Ally works to end homophobia and transphobia across all sports in the United States. It does this through education programs and lobbying for policy change.
They said in a recent statement that “Martina Navratilova’s recent comments on trans athletes are transphobic, based on a false understanding of science and data, and perpetuate dangerous myths that lead to the ongoing targeting of trans people through discriminatory laws, hateful stereotypes and disproportionate violence.”
Initially, Navratilova said: “I am sorry if I said anything anywhere near transphobic, certainly I meant no harm. I will educate myself better on this issue but meantime I will be quiet about it.” She also deleted the original tweet.
Source – telegraph.co.uk, bbc.com