Martina Navratilova, the winner of 18 Grand Slam tennis tournaments including nine Wimbledon titles, just gave a “drop the mic” moment for worldwide sports. Navratilova competed as an openly gay and outspoken star in her sport.
But now she has the woke left standing with their mouths opened in bewilderment.
The tennis phenom wrote an op-ed in The Times of the United Kingdom on Sunday about the recent decision by World Athletics to ban transgender women from elite female competitions. This applies to the athletes who have undergone male puberty because the governing body wanted to “protect the future of the female category.” The ruling will go into effect on March 31, 2023.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said that the ruling would be contentious but the sport had been guided by the “overarching principle” of fairness as well as science regarding physical performance and male advantage.
Navratilova wrote that the decision was a “step in the right direction.”
“Once somebody has gone through male puberty, there is no way to erase that physical advantage. You cannot simply turn back the clock, for instance by trying to lower testosterone levels,” Navratilova wrote.
And there it is.
Then the former champion called for a separate category for transgender athletes.
Navratilova wrote, “In the wake of World Athletics’ announcement, I think the best idea would be to have ‘biological female’ and ‘biological girls’ categories and then an ‘open’ category. It would 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; non-binary — it would be a catch-all.
This is already being explored in athletics and swimming in Britain.
Biological females are most likely to compete in the biological female category, as that’s their best shot at winning and it maintains the principle of fairness. With an ‘open’ category there are no question marks, no provisos, no asterisks, and no doubts. It’s a simple solution.”
Drop the mic.
Martina Navratilova calls World Athletics' decision on transgender females 'step in the right direction' https://t.co/5Sc9oyPO1a
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