Transgender athletes could bring down women’s sport

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Caster Semenya, third from left, on her way to victory in the 800 meters at the 2016 Olympics.CreditCreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

An increasing number of campaigners are worried that trans women athletes and the inclusive attitude towards them in women’s sports is unfair to other competitors.

The success of Kent’s first trans woman player, Maxine Blythin, has resulted in a controversy in cricket.

While Maxine, who identifies as a female, has won the hearts of her fans with her impeccable performance, she has also been brought up by Fair Play for Women. The feminist campaigning organization claims it unfair for Maxine to be playing the women’s team since she obviously has an advantage over women after undergoing bodily changes associated with male puberty.

The 6 ft tall cricketer had a batting average of 15 when she played on the men’s team. She now averages 124 while playing on the woman’s team of St Lawrence and Highland Court.

Meanwhile, the acceptance of Kelly Morgan, a transgender athlete, in rugby into the Porth Harlequins women’s team has also led to mixed reactions.

British cyclist Victoria Hood, while speaking exclusively to Fabulous argues, “We have separate women’s and men’s categories because men are stronger than women. The inclusive attitude of most of our sports bodies abolishes fair competition for women and shows a complete disregard for women’s sport.”

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