NZ weightlifter to become first transgender athlete to compete at Games


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Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by New Zealand for the women’s event at the Tokyo Games, a decision set to reignite a debate over inclusion and fairness in sport.
Hubbard will compete in the super-heavyweight 87+kg category, her selection made possible by an update to qualifying requirements in May.
The 43-year-old, who will be the oldest lifter at the Games, had competed in men's weightlifting competitions before transitioning in 2013.
Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympics since 2015, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months before their first competition. [...]
Advocates for transgender inclusion argue the process of transition decreases that advantage considerably, and that physical differences between athletes mean there is never truly a level playing field.
The New Zealand government gave its support.
"We are proud of her as we are of all our athletes, and will be supporting her all the way," Sports Minister Grant Robertson said.


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I clicked on a twitter link to read the news story about her, and those comments made me want to give up on humanity. Oof. I hope she has a wonderful Olympic experience.


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Of course people can always choke at an Olympics! This seems to be what is being said! “Yes she was very successful as a man and went through puberty and had muscle development of a man but she can choke and not win!”


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Quinn of the Gold Medal Canadian Women's National Soccer Team is also trans. Did the weight lifters start before the Women's soccer Tournament? Could Quinn actually be first?


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