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New director of BBC Sport chief has pledged to leave his personal views ‘at the door’ after facing backlash for trans article

The new head of BBC Sport has pledged to leave his personal views ‘at the door’ after writing an article in which he seemed to compare women concerned about trans athletes to racists.

Alex Kay-Jelski was appointed as the director of BBC Sport in April this year to replace Barbara Slater, who retired after 14 years.

In a statement issued on Thursday, he said he would not be advocating for any position ‘in my role at the BBC’ and that he was calling for ‘more kindness’ in debate.

It comes after he was attacked by JK Rowling and other gender-critical feminists for the column he wrote in 2019 which was recently recirculated online.

Mr Kay-Jelski, who was then sports editor of The Times, seemed to compare those who portrayed trans athletes as ‘threatening’ to racists who may say things such as ‘don’t let black men in the same shops as you or they’ll rape your women’.

He also said it would be ‘mad’ to argue that Jamaican sprinters or Ethiopian marathon runners should only compete against each other as they also have genetic advantages.

He wrote: ‘Sounds mad doesn’t it? Nasty, even. Indeed.’

Speaking about athletes who have criticised transgender athletes in women’s sports, such as Martina Navratilova and Sharron Davies, he said they were ‘not experts’.

Mr Kay-Jelski issued a new statement on to the group SEENinJournalism.

This group describes itself as a network of journalists committed to ‘truth and impartiality’ around gender issues.

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