Emily Bridges, the cyclist at the centre of British sport’s toxic transgender row , has proclaimed she suffered threats of “physical violence” after Boris Johnson declared “biological males” should not be competing in women’s sport.
In a lengthy interview about the outcry over her plan to switch from racing in men’s events, Bridges said she had been inundated with abuse – and worse – following the Prime Minister’s intervention two months ago.
“It’s really strange to see probably the most famous man in Britain talking about you and having an opinion on something that he doesn’t know anything about,” Bridges told ITV News.
“The response after that was as expected; I had threats of physical violence made against me by complete strangers online.
“People are entitled to hold an opinion about it, but there’s a way to go about voicing that opinion – and threatening to kneecap me is not that way.
“I’m scared a lot of the time about being who I am in public. Is someone going to recognise me? They were real concerns and it was a real fear that I had after the comments were made, and it was scary. I was scared.”Bridges’ interview also revealed that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), her sport’s world governing body, had told her it required more information before deciding whether to allow her to switch to women’s events, something that could delay a verdict in her case for another two months.It was when Bridges was blocked from competing against Dame Laura […]