Ministers need to enforce fairness for females in sport – now | Mara Yamauchi

Ministers need to enforce fairness for females in sport – now | Mara Yamauchi

I think the new swimming policy is proportionate, robust and overdue – and hope other sports heed the call to follow suit

Why does the female category in sport exist? It exists so that those born female – women and girls – can participate, compete and excel in sport that is fair and safe. Without the female category, women and girls would be nowhere in sport because of the massive physical advantages that those born male enjoy.

The scale of these advantages is poorly understood, but was well illustrated by the UK sports councils’ hypothetical example of Sir Mo Farah being lapped twice in a 10,000m race if he were up against someone 10% faster than him – 10% being the gap between males and females in my own sport, running.

Mara Yamauchi is a former elite marathon runner and two-time Olympian

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