Olympic Swimmer: It’s Unfair for Transgender Athletes to Compete With Biological Females

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Retired British Olympic swimming champ Sharron Davies says it’s unfair to allow transgender athletes to compete against biological females in sports.

Davies — who has been accused of “hate speech” for stating her expert opinion on this — says science and biology prove her points.

Davies won a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow.

Davies: Men Have Bigger Lungs, More Muscle

Davies says transgender athletes have a biological advantage against females because men have bigger lung capacity, better endurance, and more muscle.

And she says this isn’t mitigated because a transgender athlete takes testosterone-suppressing hormones.

“If you are born male, you are going to have a bigger lung capacity,” Davies told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “You are going to be taller. You are going to have bigger feet, bigger hands, a better red blood cell count, better hand-eye coordination.”

‘This Is About Biology and Science’

Davies says these advantages do not go away simply because a transgender person undergoes hormone therapy during transition.

She explained: “The majority of men transition after puberty, so they have all the extra strength that comes with testosterone that’s pumped through the body when you go through puberty. Even if you suppress for one year, it will make very little difference to actual performance. Women cannot…beat them.”

The 5-foot-10 Sharron Davies says she remembers the daunting feeling of competing against East German swimmers during the 1970s, when the entire East German swim team was doping.

Davies recalls how hopeless she felt when she was realized that she could never win against a doped-up female athlete no matter how much she trained.

“This is about sport,” she said. “This is about biology, and this is about science. All we’re asking for is more research.”

‘Not a Level Playing Field’

Sharron Davies joins a growing chorus of elite female athletes who oppose allowing transgender athletes to compete against biological women.

Retired tennis superstar Martina Navratilova, British long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe, and Olympic gold medal-winning runner Kelly Holmes all say it’s unfair for women.

Davies says one solution might be allowing trans-athletes to have their own sporting competitions.

“There is a difference of about 10% to 12% difference between a female performance and a male performance,” Davies noted. “So a transgender woman who is biologically a man will have that advantage whether they have had testosterone suppressing [hormones] or not. That will remain with them the rest of their lives. That gives the females a massive disadvantage. That’s not a level playing field.”

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