Former Olympic swimmer Sharon Davies has revealed that standing up for women’s rights in sports has led to death threats as well as leaving her financially destitute.
Davies, who has long been outspoken in her opposition to biological men competing against women in swimming and other sports, says she is struggling to keep her career going as a pundit and a sports ambassador because she has been relentlessly attacked by trans ‘activists’.
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She aslo says that despite the torrent of hate she has received from the mob, her position outside of sports is not anti-trans.
Summit News reports: In 2016 she and 60 other influential figures in sports lobbied the International Olympic Committee (IOC), asking the body to reevaluate the rules for allowing biological males to compete against women.
Her stance stems from having been robbed of a gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics by an East German team who doped their female swimmers with testosterone.
In an op-ed for Newsweek, Davies notes that “The East German women had been doped with testosterone and put through male puberty. They looked and sounded like men; they had male physiques, male voices, they even had Adam’s apples.”
“I could not stand by and say nothing as another generation misses out on what’s rightfully theirs,” Davies says.
She adds, “The reason I am so vocal about the trans issue is because you’re now asking the next generation of females to go through what I went through: start a race with somebody next to you who you know has an unfair advantage.”
Now she says that employers, charities and agents she has worked with for decades are dropping her under pressure from the angry trans mob.
“There’s been so much hate and bullying,” the British swimming medalist and MBE told You magazine.
“It’s been very hard. Charities I’ve worked with for 30 years have dropped me, and agents I’ve worked with for 30 or 40 years don’t use me anymore, because the trans activists can be so vicious and malicious – they go after your work, after your brand, they attack everything,” Davies asserted.
Davies added that she has only managed to keep her career going because of an inheritance from her mother.
“The money’s nearly gone now. But I can’t back down,” Davies said, adding “If you have the courage of your convictions you have to back those up with evidence and science and then you just have to hold your ground.”
The former swimmer also says that she has had death threats to herself and her children.
Davies also notes that others in her field have kept quiet for fear of being ‘cancelled’ by the mob.
“Loads of female athletes have supported my campaigning,” Davies outlines, adding “The problem is that people are worried about trans activists, so a lot of people tend to keep their heads down. Of the 60 people who signed our letter, only four or five had ever put their head above the parapet. The rest of them remained anonymous.”
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