Former Olympic Swimmer Sharron Davies Says Transgender Athletes Should Not Compete Against Female Athletes

A former Olympic swimmer from England is arguing that trans-identifying males should not compete against female athletes amid intensifying conflict over the issue and following similar words form tennis icon Martina Navratilova.

“I have nothing against anyone who wishes 2be transgender,” former Olympian Sharron Davies tweeted Friday.

“However I believe there is a fundamental difference between the binary sex u r born with & the gender u may identify as.”

She added, “To protect women’s sport those with a male sex advantage should not be able 2compete in women’s sport.”

Davies, who won a Silver medal in Women’s 400-meter individual medley in the 1980 Olympic games, reiterated her stance in an interview with BBC Sport Saturday saying that she many female athletes with whom she has spoken feel similarly.

“It is not a transphobic thing — I really want to say we have no issue with people who are transgender,” she said.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people who are in the races [now] are in a very difficult predicament when they can’t speak out. It maybe falls to the people who were competing [in the past] who would understand the predicament that is being faced at the moment to try to create a debate, and try to explain how we feel there needs to be a fair and level playing field.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter