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GUARDIAN TENNIS: LGBT group drops Martina Navratilova over transgender comments

GUARDIAN TENNIS: LGBT group drops Martina Navratilova over transgender comments

• Athlete Ally drops former world No 1 as ambassador
• Navratilova also loses place on advisory board

Martina Navratilova has been removed as an ambassador by Athlete Ally, an organisation that supports LGBT athletes, following her comments on transgender inclusion.

In a newspaper column this week the 18-time grand slam singles champion referred to trans women as men who “decide to be female”, adding that allowing them to compete with women who were assigned female at birth is “cheating and unfair”.

Related: Martina Navratilova criticised over ‘cheating’ trans women comments

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Wed, 20 Feb 2019 13:02:42 GMT

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GUARDIAN TENNIS: Martina Navratilova criticised over ‘cheating’ trans women comments

GUARDIAN TENNIS: Martina Navratilova criticised over ‘cheating’ trans women comments

Former tennis player says trans athletes competing in women’s tournaments is ‘insane’

The former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has been criticised for “disturbing, upsetting, and deeply transphobic” comments after she argued that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments was “insane and cheating”.

The tennis player and gay rights campaigner first drew criticism from equalities activists and trans athletes when she tweeted in December: “You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards, and having a penis and competing as a woman would not fit that standard.”

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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 17:12:06 GMT

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