Martina Navratilova She expressed support for World Athletics as the international governing body for track and field events that banned transgender women from competing against biological females.
Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam tournaments Including nine Wimbledon Championships, he wrote an op-ed in The Times of UK on Sunday describing World Athletics’ decision as “a step in the right direction”.
She advocated for a separate category for transgender athletes.
“In the wake of the World Athletics announcement, I think the best idea would be to have a ‘biological female’ and ‘biological girls’ classification and then an ‘open’ category,” she wrote. “It’s going to be a category for all comers: men who identify as men; women who identify as women; women who identify as men; men who identify as women; and non-binary—it’s going to be cross-cutting. This is already being explored in athletics and swimming.” in Britain.
“Biological females are more likely to compete in the biological female category, because that’s the best chance of winning and it preserves the principle of fairness. With the ‘open’ category, there are no question marks, no terms, no asterisks, no doubt. It’s a simple solution.
“Once someone hits puberty, there’s no way to erase that physical advantage. You can’t simply turn back the clock, for example by trying to lower testosterone levels.”
Navratilova said she hopes the decision will lead other sports to follow suit.
World Athletics Resolution On transgender sports came thursday. The organization said it had “decided to prioritize the fairness and integrity of the female competition before its inclusion”.
“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that fairness for athletes must be kept above all other considerations,” added Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics.
“We will be guided in this by the science of physical performance and the male advantage that will inevitably evolve over the coming years. As more evidence becomes available, we will revise our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”