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43-Year-Old Laurel Hubbard Will Be First Transgender Athlete In Women’s Weightlifting At Tokyo Olympics

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According to an announcement from the International Olympics Committee, 43-year-old Laurel Hubbard will officially be the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, representing New Zealand in women’s weightlifting.

Weightlifting athletes rely on the development of their strength, and many have criticized allowing trans athletes to join the sport because doing so disadvantages biological women. Biological males who “transition” still have greater bone density and testosterone advantages than biological women.

Hubbard “transitioned” from a male to a female in 2013 and has already earned a medal as a trans competitor in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.

According to the Reuters report, “Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympics since 2015, when the International Olympic Committee 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.”

According to the report, an advocacy group named Save Women’s Sports Australasia has been leading the rebuttal against the committee’s approval for qualifying trans athletes.

The group expressed concerns that women’s weightlifting would be damaged, should it be dominated by an advantageous competitor.

“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 announced following the decision.

Women’s rights in sports has a swell of support in the United States, largely from Republican leadership. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis both signed legislation that requires athletes to compete according to their sex assigned at birth and have received significant mainstream media criticism as a result.

However, Missouri father Brandon Boulware famously gave a speech defending his trans-daughter’s right to remain in sports. Based on their ruling on Sunday, it seems that the Olympic committee agrees with Boulware.

Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Guided by Kevin Harlan on one shoulder, Eli Manning on the other, Alejandro joins the OutKick community with an authentic passion for sports, pop culture, America, and episodes of Jeopardy!

 

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  1. Can I declare myself a non binary chick and rock a 252kg deadlift to set a new world record in my age group (oh, it’s a good thing the Oly doesn’t recognize the basic feat of strength as being meaningful)? Asking for a friend, I can buy a ticket to Tokyo.

  2. Alejandro, you’re doing the progressives’ work for them: “…according to their sex assigned at birth.”

    Sex is not “assigned,” it is an observed characteristic of a baby noted by a doctor (like weight and length). Please stop the nonsense!! The place is changing subtly but consistently since the Fox acquisition.

  3. I think women athletes should boycott events allowing transgendered competition. If the competition isn’t going to be consistent and fair I wouldn’t participate. Regardless of testosterone levels you can’t change the dude’s bone structure and muscle mass compared to biological female athletes. It’s a built in advantage. If all the female athletes took a stand like that it would get more traction.

  4. Boulware seems like a nice guy, but that doesn’t change the fact that born males have physical biological advantages over females which can be diminished through drugs, but not eliminated. My 10 year old daughter had to compete in lacrosse against a male. She recognized the unfairness immediately.

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