Former No.1 tennis star working to advance gender equality

Billie Jean King. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Athletes have a platform to advocate for human rights that very few people have, according to an American former professional tennis player.

Billie Jean King, who was ranked number one player in the world for six years, was at UN Headquarters to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace.

She says she was one of the first athletes to come out as a gay person which at the time cost her every endorsement.

Andrew Giacalone met with Ms King and began by asking her how human rights and sports are interconnected.

Duration: 2’25"

 

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