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Unfair Play

By: Sharron Davies,Craig Lord
Narrated by: Gina Murray,Sharron Davies
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On the face of it, women's sport is on the rise, garnering more attention and grassroots involvement than ever before. However, the truth is that in many respects progress is stalling, or even falling back.

Sharron Davies is no stranger to battling the routine sexism the sporting world. She missed out on Olympic Gold because of blatant doping among East German athletes in the 1980s, and has never received justice. Now, biological males are being allowed to compete directly against women under the guise of trans 'self-ID', a development that could destroy the integrity of female sport. This callous indifference towards women in sport, argue Sharron and journalist Craig Lord, is merely the latest stage in a decades-long history of sexism on the part of sport's higher-ups.

A strong fightback is required to root out the lingering misogyny that plagues sporting governance, media coverage and popular perceptions. This book provides the facts, science and arguments that will help women in sport get the justice they deserve.

©2023 Sharron Davies (P)2023 Swift Press Audio

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Fantastic informative book

Excellent read uncovering the issues faced by women in sport. Well written, excellent narration and well worth the read. Thanks for addressing this contentious issue and being a great advocate for women’s sport.

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  • Dr Fuzzy
  • 22-01-2024

Important

I cannot believe that this is even an issue.

With all that is happening to women around the world, we have to fight against the right of SOME men to enter women’s sports. Throughout history, and across the world bad actors know who to target when they want to harm women. Now suddenly that women are beginning to get some degree of equality and rights, SOME men have pulled a reverse Uno card to be included as well.

But thanks to all the brave women and men who are standing up and saying no

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  • Kristin
  • 02-08-2023

Fair play in sports

Well written, balanced and informative. A really important contribution to the debate on fairness and safety for women and girls in sports. Highly recommend.

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  • Mary
  • 06-07-2023

Shocking, Even if You Think You Know Already.

I was aware of the GDR women's swimming doping scandal in the 1980s, but I had no idea how deep the corruption was throughout the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the swimming organisations. It's unbelievable that they have acknowledged the crimes but done nothing to put things right.

The corruption and misogyny of the IOC, and how it manifests today is a revelation. I thought that the IOC's current approach to protecting women and girls' sports was just avoidant and passing the buck. This book shows that it's far more systematic and corrupt. This has changed my understanding of the IOC, and other national and international sporting bodies forever. Unfair play indeed, it's just not sporting.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-07-2023

Brilliant and shocking

How did it come to this? A shocking account of negligence, abuse and moral bankruptcy in the the world of womens sport...please read this and share widely...hopefully this book will will bring this subject into light of public debate

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  • TABBY
  • 21-07-2023

Excellent Explanation of the discrimination against biological women

I’ve always stood on the sidelines when it comes to sport, no opinion one way or the other BUT what is happening in women’s sports is WRONG
I am mind blown as to how on earth did society become accepting of men identifying as female for the purpose of winning in sports become OK
It is not fair and should definitely not be allowed
Trans women can wear dresses all they like but women’s spaces and sports must be made off limits
Thank you Sharron for highlighting this problem which will affect our daughters and granddaughters we need to make a stand now as it’s an insidious contamination of what it means to be a woman

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  • Lifelong Student
  • 15-07-2023

Highly engaging and informative

A really well researched and informative book on the injustice being dealt to women by the IOC and other sporting organisations. Based on current science and data, nothing makey uppey like some of the pseudo facts are that inform some sports governing bodies. Well narrated and highly listenable .

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  • pwoolhat
  • 04-07-2023

Fascinating, sad and very important

Sharron Davies is my hero. She’s extremely accomplished, intelligent and brave. I learnt so much about the cheating that robbed her of her rightful medals and how the poor women and girls who were drugged by the GDR in order to have a competitive advantage were affected. It’s shocking that we are still allowing this same cheating in a slightly different, and even more outrageous, form. Could not recommend this more.

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  • IJF
  • 03-07-2023

Fair, balanced and important

An important contribution to the debate on fairness, safety and inclusion in sport, based on science and common sense.

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  • Simon Gwatkin
  • 02-07-2023

A must listen

This book eloquently explains the scientific and objective truth surrounding yet another obstacle to womans equality.

Excellent work and may you continue to fight.

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  • Soul-Bazaar
  • 01-07-2023

You can’t remove male advantage in womens sport

I wrote a better review that for some reason was not published? So I’m keeping it simpler. The title is the crux of it. Sharon demonstrates you can’t remove biological male advantage in womens sport. Not just from testosterone levels, but all the biological features of biology than males are born with. So open category needed/here and coming even more it seems now the scientific results are more available - thanks to brave women like Sharon and the researchers mentioned in the book. Great work. Much needed.

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  • David Howard Rigden
  • 01-07-2023

A reasoned argument for common sense.

Very well written and beautifully read, in this book Sharon Davies puts forward a very strong case for women to be able to have their own spaces and sports categories. This is not a book that is anti-transgender but about balance, fairness and safety in women’s’ sport and spaces. It is backed up with the science that proves biological fact, versus the desire for biological men being able to compete in women’s sporting events. It is disturbing to think, that in the 21st century, we are having to re-visit the issue of women’s rights, in the face of the banner headline of inclusiveness.

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  • Joanne aiken
  • 23-06-2023

About time

Great stuff Sharron… standing up for what is right… it’s about time this was stopped
Cheaters need stopped!!

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