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Sports Media: Margaret Court set to receive top Australian award

05:51  24 january  2021
05:51  24 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Margaret Court , a tennis legend who won each of the sport’s four major tournaments multiple times and has created controversy over her anti-LGBT views, is set to be honored on Australia Day. The decision to award Court the honor on Australia Day received criticisms from Australian politicians.

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia media are reporting that controversial former tennis champion Margaret Court will receive the country’s top award in the Australia Day honours list, and the apparent decision is already being criticized.

Margaret Court wearing a costume © Provided by The Canadian Press

The 78-year-old’s appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia was due to be revealed late on Monday, but it was leaked on social media. Australia Day is on Tuesday.

The award is to recognize Court’s “eminent service to tennis” as winner of a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles and a mentor for young athletes.

But Court’s tennis achievements have more recently been overshadowed by her views on homosexuality, conversion therapy, same-sex marriage and transgender people.

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Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said he did not support Court receiving the honour.

“I don’t believe that she has views that accord with the vast majority of people across our nation that see people, particularly from the LGBTQ community, as equal and deserving of dignity, respect and safety,” he said.

Court, a Pentecostal minister who runs the Victory Life Centre church in Perth, Western Australia, said she won’t change her opinions.

“All my life I’ve had those views and I was just saying what the Bible says,” Court told Australian Associated Press this week. “I should always be able to say my views biblically, being a pastor and helping people with marriages and family. And I’ll never change those views.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who would not comment on Court’s possible honour, said compilation of the Australia Day list was separate from the government.

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Margaret Court says she is honoured to receive Australia 's highest honour, but others are angry about it. The decision to award Margaret Without naming her, Victoria state leader Daniel Andrews said on social media : "Grand Slam wins don't give you some right to spew hatred and create division".

“This is a completely independent set of processes," Morrison said. “It is an announcement that will be announced on that day. It is a system that recognizes the full spectrum of individuals across this country."

In 2020, Court was honoured for the 50th anniversary of completing a calendar year Grand Slam — winning all four major tournaments in 1970.

But former tennis stars including Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe and current player Andy Murray have all led calls for Court’s name to be removed from Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park because of her views.

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