Martina Navratilova is begging President Joe Biden to introduce special rules that would prevent trans people from competing in elite sports.
On day one, Biden signed an executive order which says the federal government must not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Navratilova wants Biden to carve out an exception to his executive order to ensure that women’s elite sports are not affected.
Under the terms of that order, transgender students must be allowed to learn and participate in their schooling without facing sex discrimination – and that means that trans girls and women should compete on girls’ and women’s teams.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Navratilova said she supports equality but claimed that trans women have “pretty obvious” physical advantages, a suggestion which has been widely disputed by LGBTQ sporting organizations and experts, including Athlete Ally.
She said she opposed
“an all-inclusive situation where trans men and women, just based on their self-ID, would be able to compete with no mitigation, no rules outside of that whatsoever”.
Navratilova said that such an eventuality, which is not currently the case, “would not be a level playing field” for cisgender women.
She was among a group of women who launched the Women’s Sports Policy Working Group on Tuesday, which claims it wants a
“middle ground that protects girls’ and women’s sport and accommodates transgender athletes”.
The group wants Biden to make special rules in his executive order,
“We are only talking about taking a carve-out or a separate policy for elite sports or sports at the higher level of high school, college and pros.”
Navratilova came under fire in December 2018 when she first complained about rules that allow trans women to participate in women’s sport.
In June of 2019, in a BBC documentary, she voiced her views on trans participation. They appeared to have evolved from her previous position.
She concluded that trans athletes should be able to participate in all levels of sport.
But later she reverted to her earlier stance telling a summit in Scotland in September 2019 that her objections to trans women competing in sport are “about biology”.
“In sport we have categories and it’s about biology and fairness, so I was always coming about it from that angle. And I still am.”
I don’t think it should be up to women and girls to prove there is a disadvantage for us. I think it needs to be proven the other way — that there is no disadvantage — so that women and girls are not discouraged from playing the sport they love because they have no chance.”
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