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A Trans Woman Weightlifter Permitted To Compete In The Tokyo Olympics.

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It has been revealed that trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will compete in the Olympic Games this summer.


The 43-year-old athlete has been authorized to compete in the upcoming event in Tokyo, Japan, for New Zealand's female weightlifting team.

The International Olympic Committee said on Saturday (17 July) that she would compete in the super-heavyweight division and that her decision would not breach any of the competition's current rules.

"The qualification rules were determined by the International Weightlifting Federation before the qualifications commenced," IOC President Thomas Bach stated.

"These rules apply, and rules cannot be changed in the middle of a tournament." Bach did add, though, that the restrictions could be reevaluated.

"At the same time, the IOC is in an inquiry phase with all different stakeholders... to examine these standards and eventually come up with some guidelines that cannot rule because this is a topic with no one-size-fits-all answer," he said.

It varies depending on the sport."

When questioned if he backed Hubbard's participation in the next games on many occasions, Bach indicated it was a decision based on the sport's rules.

"The rules are in place, and the regulations must be followed, and you cannot change the rules while a qualifying system is in operation," he explained.

"This is what all of the world's athletes are counting on: that the rules are being followed." Hubbard used to compete in men's competitions before moving to weightlifting in 2012 and returning in 2017.

Hubbard's participation in the women's category was announced by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) last month.

Hubbard will not only be the first transgender athlete to compete in the Olympics, but he will also be the oldest weightlifter at this summer's games after qualifying with two lifts of 628 pounds (185 kilograms).

Hubbard said in a statement at the time that she was looking forward to competing.

"I am grateful and humbled by the compassion and support shown to me by so many New Zealanders," she said.

"When I fractured my arm three years ago at the Commonwealth Games, I was told that my sporting career was likely over.

"However, your love, encouragement, and Aroha [support] carried me through the darkness."

"The last eighteen months have taught us all that there is power in kinship, community, and working together for a common goal.

"The silver fern's mana [honor] comes from all of you, and I shall wear it with pride."