Laurel Hubbard Made History, First Transgender Weightlifter to Compete in Olympic Games

Laurel Hubbard Made History, First Transgender Weightlifter to Compete in Olympic Games

Laurel Hubbard Made History, First Transgender Weightlifter to Compete in Olympic Games


First Transgender Weightlifter to Compete in Olympic Games: Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand is made history after being picked as the first transgender athlete to compete in the Tokyo Olympic Games 2021.


When she participates in the women's super heavyweight category on 2 August 2021. Hubbard's participation remains controversial, some think she has an unfair advantage over her competitors.


Some of Hubbard's competitors, like the Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen, have previously claimed that she will have an unfair edge in the competition and clarified her words were not intended as a personal attack on Hubbard or the transgender community.


Recently Vanbellinghen went on to say "Whoever has trained at a very high-level weightlifting knows this to be true there in bones: the sport and athletes are unjust to this particular scenario".


Hubbard won a silver medal at the 2017 global championships and finished sixth at the 2019 event after recovering from a major arm injury as she suffered at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


“When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was told that my sports career had almost come to an end. But it was your love, your encouragement, and your affection that got me through the darkest of days, Thank you", says Laurel Hubbard


Athletes who made the transition from male to female are permitted to compete in the women's category without having their testicles removed, according to IOC guidelines issued in November 2015. The International Women's Federation (IWF) adheres to this rule, which states that their total testosterone level in serum must be kept below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months.


Scientific research shows that people who have gone through male puberty have maintained strength and power even after taking medication to suppress their testosterone. Hubbard was a man for 35 years and did not compete in any international weightlifting competitions during that time. However, after making the transition, she has won a number of prestigious titles.


In a statement she said, I met all IWF qualifying requirements, including those based on IOC guidelines for transgender athletes. Our culture of Manaaki (respect) and inclusiveness and regard for everyone is strong throughout the New Zealand team.


Kerryn Smith, the chief executive of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, stated that Hubbard would be welcomed as a member of the New Zealand team.


Richie Patterson, the head of the county's weightlifting federation, went on to say that Hubbard had shown "grit and determination in her recovery from a severe injury and in conquering the obstacles of regaining confidence on the competition platform."


Source: The Guardian


Link: Sports News

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