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Martina Navratilova to front BBC trans athletes documentary

Martina Navratilova to front BBC trans athletes documentary

Martina Navratilova won a record 167 singles titles and 167 doubles crowns in her legendary career.

Tennis star Martina Navratilova will be involved in a BBC One documentary exploring trans athletes.

Brook Lapping’s 60-minute documentary Trans Athletes: A Fair Playing Field? will air next month in the UK.

In the past, Navratilova has routinely opposed trans women participation in women’s sports.

What will Martina Navratilova’s role be?

According to Sport Broadcast, Navratilova will take a central role in the documentary. Athletes, scientists, and sporting officials at the forefront of the debate will speak to Navratilova.

In this list will also be Sharron Davies, who said in March that trans athletes will ‘ruin women’s sports.’

Moreover, she will meet trans medical physicist and former runner Joanna Harper. The scientist raced to discover how hormone therapy and blockers affect performance.

What has Martina Navratilova said in the past?

The gay rights advocate has long been a team player, but in the past year as doubled down on her anti-trans stance.

For one, she said that trans athletes will be the ‘end of women’s sports,’ provoking criticism from LGBTI sports groups.

Also, she has also called for trans women to be banned from competitive women’s sports, and publicly ranted against trans athletes on since deleted tweets.

As a result, a prominent LGBTI sports organizations stripped Navratilova off of their advisory board.

‘All sides of the debate’

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore commissioned the single alongside documentaries commissioning editor Emma Loach as well as Emma Hindley will exec produce for Inside Europe indie Brook Lapping.

A BBC spokesperson informed Gay Star News that their reason in roping Navratilova was for balance.
‘Martina is setting out to explore the issues that are creating the current debate and find answers to some of her own questions in an open and constructive way,’ they said.
‘She will examine all sides of the debate, meeting a range of people with different views, experiences and expertise during the course of the film.’

What debate?

To many a Twitter user or sport pundit, it seems that with each passing day more transphobic voices join a cacophonous debate over trans people in sports.

Moreover, with thousands of competitive sports and tournaments each with their own complex regulations surrounding the fitness and stature of athletes, space for reconciliation seems unclear.

In track and field racing, the highest court in international sport issued a ruling that will mean all female athletes with elevated testosterone will have to take suppressants to compete in certain races.

However, misinformation around medical procedures only fuels the debate. As a result, many trans athletes, such as Rachel McKinnon, have spoken out against transphobes to promote better awareness.

See also

Trans powerlifter smashes women’s world records to transphobes’ chagrin

Out Sports editor speaks out against Martina Navratilova: ‘Still a transphobe’

Former British swimmer comes out against trans athletes in women’s sports