A biological male will be allowed to compete at an Olympics weightlifting competition in the women’s super heavyweight category.
Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old New Zealander, used to compete in men’s weightlifting but after repeatedly losing he ‘transitioned’ in 2013 and now competes against women.
Hubbard is eligible to compete in the Olympics because “the IOC issued new guidelines allowing transgenders to compete as women as long as their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before the competition,” Reuters reported.
Hubbard has angered many in the weightlifting world in the last several years, and rightfully so.
Hubbard’s 2019 gold medal wins at the Pacific Games in Samoa sparked outrage.
Australia’s weightlifting federation unsuccessfully tried to block Hubbard from competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
If a man is just mediocre at a sport, he can ‘transition’ into a woman and become a gold medal champ over night.
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics after qualifying for the rescheduled Tokyo Games due to a rule change, Inside the Games website reported on Wednesday.
Hubbard was effectively guaranteed a spot in the women’s super heavyweight category, the report from the Olympics-focused trade publication said, after the International Olympic Committee approved an amendment to the rules as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of many qualifying competitions.
New Zealander Hubbard, 43, has not yet been named to the national women’s weightlifting team going to the Tokyo Olympic Games.