1st Transgender Is About to Debut at the Olympics in Weightlifting

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Should biological males, who are transgender, compete in women’s sports?

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its decision and praises New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard.

Hubbard is set to debut as the first transgender athlete in the Olympics.

Of all the possible sporting events, Hubbard will compete against women in weightlifting.

Hubbard transitioned at age 35. Hubbard, who is now 43, enters Olympic competition after only eight years following the transition. Hubbard went through male puberty. Hubbard qualified to joined New Zealand’s team in weightlifting and compete for gold.

“We have to pay tribute to her courage,” the IOC said.

Awkwardly, the IOC’s own medical and science director — Dr. Richard Budgett — acknowledged that Hubbard competing in weightlifting was “large, difficult and complex,” Fox News reported.

Despite this admission, Budgett backed the IOC’s decision to allow Hubbard to compete.

Budgett said, “To put it in a nutshell, the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015.”

“There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, and is competing under the rules of her federation, and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games.”

Unbelievably, Budgett suggested it is tough to definitively determine whether Hubbard has an unfair advantage by going through male puberty.

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Budgett says there are “many other factors to go into account.”

“There is a lot of disagreement across the whole world of sport and beyond on this issue of eligibility,” he added. “Everyone agrees transgender women are women. But it’s a matter of eligibility for sport, and particular events, and it really has to be very sport specific.”

“One of the reasons there is no new framework published yet is not just because of the difficulty in coming to any consensus. It’s because it would have been inappropriate to come out with new guidelines just before the Olympics. There will be a new framework to help individual sports, and we’re working very closely with them, but it’s not published yet.”

While transgender athletes are required to demonstrate that their testosterone level is below a specific measurement for at least 12 months prior to their first competition, serious questions remain whether decades of higher testosterone levels have already produced significant muscle growth and maturity, which give Hubbard an unfair advantage against her fellow female competitors.

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