Olympics: Laurel Hubbard to become first transgender athlete to compete at Games. Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to compete for New Zealand in the super-heavyweight category at Tokyo Olympics; she will become first transgender athlete to compete at the Games; “I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me,” Hubbard said
They said Caster Semenya is not a woman enough to participate with women but a transgender man is a women enough to participate with women.
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.
Hubbard will compete in the super-heavyweight 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 – although not at international level – before transitioning nearly 10 years ago.
“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 Olympic Games 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 chief executive 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.
Caster Semenya refuses to go quietly.Even after her sport’s governing body issued a rule change that essentially bars her from her signature event,
The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 800 meters reinvented herself first as a sprinter and now as a distance runner in hopes of finding another path to this summer’s Tokyo Games.
Semenya has traveled to Europe to take her final two cracks at achieving the Olympic qualifying standard in the 5,000 meters. The South African plans to run the 5,000 at a meet in Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday and at a meet in Liege, Belgium, on June 30, agent Jukka Härkönen told Yahoo Sports.