‘It’s simply cheating’: Former Olympian slams trans runner competing in women’s NCAA race

Former Olympian Sharron Davies hammered transgender runner CeCé Telfer for competing against women in the NCAA hurdles race, calling it “simply cheating” after a pic went viral of the competition.

“Telfer, who previously competed as a man, became the first openly transgender athlete to win an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) title back in 2019 and was running in the Women’s Invitational 60m hurdles in Boston in February,” the Daily Mail reported.

“She had qualified for the final of the event, finishing fifth in the preliminary races, but would reportedly go on to disqualify herself during the deciding race. The incendiary issue of transgender participation in female sports has sparked much debate in the past few years, with multiple former athletes, including tennis great Martina Navratilova and two-time Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson voicing their concerns on the debate,” the media outlet added.

Davies is a former Olympic swimmer. She won silver in the 1980 400-meter medley during the Moscow Olympics. She joins swimmer Riley Gaines in speaking out against transgender athletes competing in women’s sports. Her visceral reaction to Telfer was voiced on Sunday via X after seeing a picture of the transgender prepping to compete at the event in Boston.

“Spot the male athlete in the women’s race! It’s simply cheating,” Davies posted on X.

A video was posted to X as well of the 6-foot 2-inch Telfer prepping for the race, seen jumping up and down and loosening joints while standing at the starting blocks.

Davies has previously spoken out against transgender athletes. For doing so, trans activists have reportedly targeted her children’s school.

“The 61-year-old, who has attended 12 Olympic games as a competitor and a broadcaster, backed the decision to prevent transgender cyclist Emily Bridges from racing against female riders. Bridges had been at the center of a debate following her attempts to cycle against female athletes last year,” the Daily Mail reported.

“I don’t think Emily Bridges should be allowed to compete with women. I think she should be allowed to compete, absolutely, and it’s really important we make all sports inclusive. However, having a female category and an open category enables everyone to do sport fairly. What sort of message are we sending to young girls if we say to them that males are due and worthy of fair sports, but females are not worthy of fair sports? What sort of message is that for any young aspiring athlete?” Davies told LBC.

World Athletes voted on March 31, 2023, to ban transgender women from competing in women’s international athletic events.

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“The decision was made to ‘prioritise fairness and the integrity of the female competition before inclusion.’ The new rules state that transgender athletes are only eligible to compete in the women’s disciplines if they ‘did not experience any part of male puberty beyond Tanner Stage 2 or before age 12, whichever is later,'” the Daily Mail noted.

“The council has agreed to exclude male-to-female transgender athletes who have been through male puberty from female world ranking competitions from March 31 this year,” Lord Sebastian Coe commented in 2023, according to the Daily Mail.

Telfer told CNN Sport about the regulation changes, “The overriding feeling was definitely devastation for myself and for many around the world.”

“I’m still going to keep pursuing my dreams and keep competing and keep running as much as I can, wherever I can, however I can,” the transgender vowed. “To throw that all away – my life of training will be for nothing. I’m going to keep doing what I have to do and show my people and society moving forward that I’m never going to give up.”

“If anything, me competing against cisgender females is a disadvantage, because my body is going through so many medical implications,” Telfer told ESPN. “It’s going through biochemistry changes. … Being on hormone replacement therapy … your muscle is deteriorating, you lose a lot of strength because testosterone is where you get your strength, your agility.”

This is all playing out after 16 female athletes sued the NCAA in March “for allowing transgender women to compete in college sports and to use women’s locker rooms at events,” according to Forbes.

The lawsuit is being funded by ICONS which stated, “This lawsuit against the NCAA isn’t just about competition; it’s a fight for the very essence of women’s sports. We’re standing up for justice and the rights of female athletes to compete on a level playing field. It’s about preserving the legacy of Title IX and ensuring that the future of women’s sports is as bright as its past.”

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