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Navratilova debates trans athletes for BBC

Martina Navratilova meets Joanna Harper in Trans-Athletes – A Fair Playing Field

UK pubcaster BBC1 has commissioned a one-off documentary in which tennis legend Martina Navratilova delves into the debate about transgender athletes in sport.

Navratilova, who won 18 Grand Slam singles titles and 41 major doubles titles during a career that ran from 1975 to 2006, has been an outspoken critic of trans athletes competing in women’s sport.

Her comments have sparked a heated debate on social media and now UK factual prodco Brook Lapping, part of Zinc Media, is working on a one-off special on the issue.

Trans-Athletes – A Fair Playing Field? sets out to open up the debate and find answers to some of Navratilova’s own questions by meeting a range of athletes, scientists and sporting officials to get to the heart of why the subject is so controversial.

Experts interviewed include Dr Gemma Whitcomb and Dr Emma O’Donnell at Loughborough University who are leading the sports science research into transgender athletes, and Joanna Harper, a medical physicist who specialises in research into trans athletes and is a trans woman herself.

The programme was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of content for the UK pubcaster, and Emma Loach, commissioning editor at BBC Documentaries. It will be executive produced by Emma Hindley, creative director at Brook Lapping.

The film will be aired at the end of June.

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