I want to be inclusive, but fair: Martina Navratilova discusses transgender athletes in women's sport
Martina Navratilova believes it is a difficult balance between being 'inclusive' and 'fair' when it comes to transgender athletes competing in women's sport.
The 18-time Grand Slam singles champion had previously accused transgender competitors in female sport of 'cheating'.
But in Scotland this week, Navratilova said: "It's difficult because you want to be as inclusive as possible but you still want to have a fair situation, a level-playing field, as much as that is possible.
"By including transgender women in women's and girls' sports, now the women and girls that are playing, it's like 'wait a minute, I'm looking at someone that is much bigger, much stronger than I am, how is that fair'?'
"Some sports have rules about testosterone levels, transitioning and taking hormone therapy, and some only say self-ID."
The IOC rules dictate that transgender athletes must have been undergoing hormone therapy to reduce their testosterone levels for at least a year before they are eligible to compete in elite women's competition.
Alternatively, athletes were allowed to 'self-identify' as their preferred gender in the Canada Winter Games earlier this year irrespective of biological differences.
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"Sport is about biology," added Navratilova.
"I just want to make sure that girls and women that compete have a fair chance and they're not getting pushed out by somebody that's much stronger and bigger because they are transgender.
"It's a tricky situation. I want to be as inclusive as possible but it's all about fairness."