Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has said it is ‘insane and cheating’ to allow transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments.
The tennis star, who is also a gay rights campaigner, said ‘You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards.’
Writing in the Sunday Times she said, ‘To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned, win everything in sight and perhaps earn a small fortune, and then reverse his decision and go back to making babies if he so desires.
‘It’s insane and it’s cheating. I am happy to address a transgender woman in whatever form she prefers, but I would not be happy to compete against her. It would not be fair.’
Navratilova’s opinions sparked a furious backlash from pro-trans groups who labelled her as ‘transphobic’.
She has since apologised for ‘suggesting that transgender athletes in general are cheats’ she also added that there was no ‘perfect solution’ to this issue.