In its infinite wisdom, the International Olympic Committee will allow transgenders to participate in women’s events “as long as their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before the competition,” according to a new report in Reuters.
When she was a he, Lauren Hubbard, 43, was an unremarkable men’s weightlifter. Frustrated by his inability to win among other males, he transitioned in 2013. And, unsurprisingly, everything has changed.
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.
The report said that Australia’s weightlifting federation tried to prevent Hubbard from competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, however, their appeal was dismissed.
“Her gold medal wins at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, where she topped the podium ahead of Samoa’s Commonwealth Games champion Feagaiga Stowers, triggered outrage in the island nation,” according to Reuters.
Naturally, the USA is on board with the committee’s decision.
Kevin Farley, spokesman for USA Weightlifting, told Reuters, “We respect the rules established by the International Weightlifting Federation and the International Olympic Committee for qualification and will be focusing on assisting our athletes to compete against all those who are qualified for the Tokyo Games.”
As far as I’m concerned, this is a travesty. It shouldn’t happen in any women’s sports, but somehow the thought of a biological male competing against women in a weightlifting competition grates most of all.
If this trend continues, real women will be discouraged from competing in sports. Ultimately, the categories will be “men” and “transgenders.”