- Paula Radcliffe believes that ‘viciousness’ is hurting the trans athlete debate
- World Athletics chief Seb Coe warned female Olympians about trans athletes
- He said they’ll never win a gold medal again if trans athletes are able to compete
Paula Radcliffe slammed the ‘viciousness’ in the trans athlete debate and said it has made everything ‘very complicated’.
The 50 year old former world champion said every person deserves respect and no outcome will be met if people continue to throw insults ‘from one side to the other’.
The athlete said the ongoing debate is making it harder for younger athletes to ‘negotiate their way through’ growing up – which is already hard enough.
Speaking on the Performance People podcast, Radcliffe said: ‘You talked about the whole trans debate, the viciousness that flows around there and the insults that get thrown from one side to the other.
‘At the end of the day, we are all people.
Paula Radcliffe believes that ‘viciousness’ is making the trans athlete debate ‘too complicated’
The 50-year-old former world champion insists that every person deserves respect and no outcome will be met if people continue to throw insults ‘from one side to the other’
Transgender pool champion Harriet Haynes (above) opened up on the ‘horrific’ and ‘vile’ abuse she has been subjected to ever since her opponent walked out in protest in a match last year
‘We are all trying to live our lives and there has to be a fair, safe way to do that. But every single person deserves the respect to be whatever they want to be and be whoever they want to be.
‘It doesn’t mean you have to get there by insulting the other side. We’re all in this together.’
Last week World Athletics president Seb Coe warned female Olympians would never win a gold medal again if they had to compete against transgender athletes.
His comments came days after British swimmer Sharron Davies – who lost out on gold in 1980 to an opponent taking testosterone – warned against trans women competing with females.
In her career, Radcliffe has represented Great Britain at the Olympics four times and in 2002 she was the Commonwealth champion for 5000 metres.
The athlete was awarded an MBE in 2002, and is also a three-time winner of the London Marathon.
World Athletics president Seb Coe (above) last week warned female Olympians would never win a gold medal again if they had to compete against transgender athletes
Former British swimmer Sharron Davies (above) – who lost out on gold in 1980 to an opponent taking testosterone – has been vocal against trans women competing with females in sport
Radcliffe said the ‘world has become too complicated’, adding: ‘The actual answers are far more simple than people realise they are. That has been lost sight of.’
She added: ‘I do think it’s made it very complicated now and how we strip that back to just making it as simple as we possibly can, certainly feels like it will make it a much easier world for the kids to negotiate their way through.
‘Even in an easy world, teenage growing up isn’t easy, is it. You are learning lots of things about yourself, you are coming to terms with lots of changes, it is tough.
‘So, we’re just making it harder.’