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Jun 21 - NZ Weightlifter Hubbard to become 1st transgender athlete to compete in Olympics
 

 
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WELLINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) - 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 fuel the debate over inclusion and fairness in sport.

Hubbard will compete in the*super-heavyweight 87-kg category, her selection made possible by updated qualifying requirements.

The 43-year-old, who will be the oldest lifter at the Games, had competed in men's weightlifting competitions before transitioning in 2013.

"I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” Hubbard said in a statement issued by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) on Monday.

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.

Some scientists have said the guidelines do little to mitigate the biological advantages of those who have gone through puberty as males, including bone and muscle density.

Advocates for transgender inclusion argue the process of transition decreases that advantage considerably and that physical differences between athletes mean there is never a truly level playing field.

NZOC CEO Kereyn Smith said Hubbard met IOC and the International Weightlifting Federation's selection criteria.

"We acknowledge that gender identity in sport is a highly sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance between human rights and fairness on the field of play," Smith said.

"As the New Zealand Team, we have a strong culture of .... inclusion and respect for all."

The New Zealand pgovernment offered its support.

"Laurel is a member of New Zealand’s Olympic team. We are proud of her as we are of all our athletes, and will be supporting her all the way," Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said in a statement.

CENTRE OF DEBATE
Weightlifting has been at the centre of the debate over the fairness of transgender athletes competing against women, and Hubbard's presence in Tokyo could prove divisive.

Save Women’s Sport Australasia, an advocacy group for women athletes, criticised Hubbard's selection.

"It is flawed policy from the IOC that has allowed the selection of a 43-year-old biological male who identifies as a woman to compete in the female category," the group said in a statement.

Hubbard's gold medal wins at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, where she topped the podium ahead of Samoa's Commonwealth Games champion Feagaiga Stowers, triggered outrage in the host nation.

Samoa’s weightlifting boss said Hubbard’s selection for Tokyo would be like*letting athletes “dope”*and feared it could cost the small Pacific nation a medal.

Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen said last month allowing Hubbard to compete at Tokyo was*unfair for women*and “like a bad joke”.

Australia's weightlifting federation sought to block Hubbard from competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast but organisers rejected the move.

Hubbard was forced to withdraw after injuring herself during competition, and thought her career was over.

"When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was advised that my sporting career had likely reached its end," said Hubbard on Monday, thanking New Zealanders.

"But your support, your encouragement, and your aroha (love)carried me through the darkness."


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 1 month ago '14        #2
Aries  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x11 OP
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This is the beginning of the end for women's sports
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 1 month ago '16        #3
postemupndunkit 
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Imagine you lose out on a gold because there's a dude in your competition
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 1 month ago '21        #4
LuxG2 
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In the Sh’akia thread someone said a man should do this…guessed his players were answered
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 1 month ago '04        #5
D1nOnlyMrM@  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Some scientists have said the guidelines do little to mitigate the biological advantages of those who have gone through puberty as males, including bone and muscle density.
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 1 month ago '17        #6
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 1 month ago '13        #7
Flossay  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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 LuxG2 said
In the Sh’akia thread someone said a man should do this…guessed his players were answered
Players

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 1 month ago '11        #8
TheWatcher  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Hilarious
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 1 month ago '18        #9
SFamilyRep  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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What a world we live in. When taking equality too far bites you in your a*s. Now science is important to them, but when people were saying there are biological differences between men and women they didn’t want to hear it. It was “if that’s the way they choose to love their lives who are we to argue.”


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 1 month ago '13        #10
JosethaHustler 
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What a demented insane society this has become!
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 1 month ago '06        #11
philly337  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I thought they blocked trangenders for the Olympics?
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 1 month ago '16        #12
MadMarlo 
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until women do something, then this will continue.

you dont hear stories about bioloigical females trying to play mens sports.....
logic tells them they cant compete....

this is just playing in fantasy land now .smh
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 1 month ago '06        #13
daffysm 
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wait...so all you have to do is lower your t-levels? and then can raise it back up after you win??

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 1 month ago '21        #14
Undertaker 
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I'm 6'10...about to see if I can get a deal with the WNBA. It would bring me one step closer to d*cking down that tall chick (no not Griner, the other one)
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 1 month ago '21        #15
AK9INE 
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that f*ggot is a man. this world on some bullsh*t right now
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 1 month ago '07        #16
JoeDoe22 
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 1 month ago '11        #17
Papa Shango 
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If I'm a woman competing and turn around to see duke lacing em up



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 1 month ago '11        #18
UrDoinGood 
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Biden’s USA

 1 month ago '15        #19
AmillionMo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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I hope he wins! I hope they have a while transgender basketball team too. Then the wnba women can see what's really good.
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 1 month ago '06        #20
xastey 
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Eh lets see how the "we are all the same" crowd handle this. We already knew this was going to happen. Watch someone that was all for same equalities get pissed when this person wins. Anyone that sane know that adding hormones' would give u an advantage and at this high of a level that should be treated as any other "performance enhancement" drug.

 1 month ago '13        #21
JakePD 
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 UrDoinGood said
Biden’s USA
I’m sure you’re joking and using sarcasm for obvious reasons. So I’ll just laugh


 1 month ago '20        #22
BlacksAndLatins  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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that's @'s father

 1 month ago '16        #23
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x43
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Smh all this for a f*g**t who still gonna lose

 1 month ago '19        #24
Bam Bam  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 BlacksAndLatins said
that's @'s father
You a real weirdo. You know that boy? Corny a*s mexican.

 1 month ago '06        #25
Storchaveli  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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I’m all for freedom but… there must be some studies, on a biological level, of how transgender females (men to women) have an advantage over non transgender women. If that’s the case, I don’t see how this is even fair.



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