September 26, 2021

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New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard, first transgender athlete at the Olympics

Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weightlifter, has been officially confirmed as a member of the New Zealand delegation to the Tokyo Olympics. This athlete is the first transgender woman to participate in the competition, which is an important step in the selection of transgender athletes.

“Kiwi weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, premiere Athletes Transgender To participate Olympic Games”, Proud headlines in the New Zealand newspaper New Zealand Herald. He took part in a competition in Japan “Make sure to go down in history and create multiple topics such as controversies”, Collaboration Defender.

The athlete, who has worked in the over 90 kg category, said he was honored for being selected and the referee praised his performance and intensity after a hand injury in 2018:

Your support, your encouragement and your ‘Aroha’ [affection] Carried me in the middle of the darkness. ”

After the Athens Games in 2004, trance athletes, whose gender identity was different from their biological gender, were allowed to participate in events, but practically no country has yet sent transgender competitors. In 2015, the International Olympic Committee (ItIf testosterone levels were less than ten nanomols per list for twelve months before the events began, trans women were allowed to compete in the events without undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

A decision followed by the International Weightlifting Federation allowed Laurel Hubbard to compete at the 2017 World Championships, where she won a silver medal.

In the United States, governors of certain states are limited Access of trance students to university girls competitions.

The CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee says, “The New Zealand delegation is characterized by a strong culture of‘ mannaki ’. [respect]Addition and respect to all. “

But Laurel Hubbard’s participation was also criticized, especially by one of her opponents in the match: Anna von Belingen of Belgium. “Unfair” Its participation. In a comment section, Give me the game, An information panel specializing in sports news determines these views “Harm”. “Not only did Van Bellingen clearly cross a red line that Hubbard’s participation was a joke, but he also took note of how he qualified for New Zealand. Already Tokyo shows that it was completely disconnected. Before adding that the history of women’s sports is made up of struggles against oppression and discrimination, it should encourage the inclusion of trance athletes:

It is a discipline that has long been reserved for men. This inner division is the opposite of everything that a women’s game means to its fans.

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