Tennis nice Martina Navratilova makes plea to ‘hold girls’s sports activities feminine’

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Tennis icon Martina Navratilova has been a significant proponent of equity in girls’s sports activities and on Tuesday spoke out once more in opposition to transgender athletes competing within the feminine area.

Navratilova responded to posts about transgender girls competing in an Australian soccer league. The Flying Bats FC, the membership in query, gained the Beryl Ackroyd Cup. The group additionally obtained a test for 1,000 Australian {dollars} for the victory.

“Been indignant for years now- the unfairness is off the charts. I’ll say it again- hold girls’s sports activities feminine. It’s not the place for any (failed) male athletes,” Navratilova wrote on X.


The Flying Bats calls itself “Sydney’s premier LGBTQIA+ soccer membership for girls & non-binary folks.” Nevertheless, the pushback was palpable on social media.

“Are you getting indignant but? Sky Australia contributor Katherine Deves Morgan wrote on X. “5 blokes on the successful girls’s soccer group. Women had been threatened with fines in the event that they forfeited. What a joke.”

Navratilova has lengthy been a supporter of protecting transgender athletes out of ladies’s sports activities.

Final March, she applauded World Athletics for creating an open class for transgender athletes. She wrote in an op-ed it was a “step in the best route.”


Martina Navratilova in 2023

Martina Navratilova throughout a joint press convention with Chris Evert of the USA, on Day 5 of the GNP Seguros WTA Finals Cancun 2023 a part of the Hologic WTA Tour on Nov. 2, 2023, in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto by way of Getty Pictures)

“Within the wake of World Athletics’ announcement, I believe the most effective concept could be to have ‘organic feminine’ and ‘organic ladies’ classes after which an ‘open’ class,” she wrote. “It will be a class for all-comers: males who establish as males; girls who establish as girls; girls who establish as males; males who establish as girls; non-binary — it might be a catch-all. That is already being explored in athletics and swimming in Britain.

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“Organic females are most definitely to compete within the organic feminine class, as that’s their finest shot at successful and it maintains the precept of equity. With an ‘open’ class there are not any query marks, no provisos, no asterisks, no doubts. It’s a easy resolution.

“As soon as anyone has gone via male puberty, there is no such thing as a technique to erase that bodily benefit. You can not merely flip again the clock, for example by making an attempt to decrease testosterone ranges.”

Martina Navratilova in 2023

Martina Navratilova, a Czech-American former skilled tennis participant, on Day 8 of GNP Seguros WTA Finals Cancun 2023, a part of the Hologic WTA Tour on Nov. 5, 2023, in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto by way of Getty Pictures)


Navratilova mentioned she hoped the choice would result in different sports activities following its lead.

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