Martina Navratilova has doubled down on her view opposing trans women in women’s sports.
The gay tennis legend has sided with those that claim trans people have an ‘unfair advantage’.
Medical experts state trans women who regularly take estrogen have no advantage over cis women.
Some critics say trans women may have larger bodies that enables them to be stronger. However, others say this does not necessarily give them an advantage in many sports (such as sports with a focus on speed and agility).
Many have also noted it is very rare for a trans person to win a world sport title.
Martina Navratilova: Ban trans women from competing in women’s sports
Critics are now calling Navratilova a TERF for her comments in the Sunday Times.
‘The rules on trans athletes reward cheats and punish the innocent,’ she said.
‘Simply reducing hormone levels — the prescription most sports have adopted — does not solve the problem.
‘A man builds up muscle and bone density, as well as a greater number of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, from childhood.
‘Training increases the discrepancy.
‘Indeed, if a male were to change gender in such a way as to eliminate any accumulated advantage, he would have to begin hormone treatment before puberty.
‘For me, that is unthinkable.’
‘I will educate myself better on this issue’
Navratilova previously apologized after getting into a debate with trans athlete Rachel McKinnon.
The tennis star complained that ‘having a penis and competing as a woman’ does not meet her standards.
She then 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.’
‘Crazy and sensationalist’
Transgender racing driver Charlie Martin has said the issue should not be made bigger than it needs to be.
‘It’s never going to be the case that trans women are going to take over women’s sport,’ Martin told the BBC.
‘That’s a crazy and sensationalist argument to try and make an impact.’
They added: ‘Nobody should be denied the right to play sport. Sport has so many health benefits and it unites people and gives them a sense of well-being and connection from playing in a team.
‘Walking away from sport is common in the trans community, so to try and make divisions like this is sad.’