Trans athletes should compete in their own category, Olympic gymnast tells Nigel Farage
Lisa Mason said on Talking Pints that if a woman adjusted her hormone levels she would be kicked out of the sport
An Olympic gymnast has told GB News that trans athletes should be able to compete in their own categories to ensure fairness in women’s sport.
Lisa Mason, who also competed at the Commonwealth Games, was asked about the current issue of trans athletes competing in women’s sport.
The cases of Emily Bridges in cycling and Lia Thomas in swimming have shed light on what appears to be the physical advantages of trans women over biological women.
On Talking Pints, Ms Mason said the only way for biological women to compete with trans athletes would be to take banned supplements.
She told us: “If a woman wanted to adjust her hormone levels to be faster and stronger, she would have her medals stripped and kicked out of the sport.
“Naturally men are faster and stronger and even if you take hormones to reduce that you will still be faster and stronger.”
British Cycling has made an about-face in the case of Emily Bridges, banning her from competing in women’s races.
The move was criticized by many, including her mother, who accused governing bodies of e-mailing her out of the sport.
Ms Mason thinks the best way to solve this problem and keep the sport fair would be to introduce new categories.
She also said: “I think they should be allowed to compete, I think there should just be their own category.
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“You have females, you have males and you can have male trans and female trans. But then you have to have enough for everyone to compete.”
Host Mr Farage asked Ms Mason about the future of women’s sport and whether allowing trans athletes to compete in it puts it at risk.
She replied: “At the end of the day, yes, the only way to level the playing field is to allow women to take something to improve their performance, an athlete that you know is not right and that it is not fair.”