New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard has become the first ever transgender athlete picked to compete at an Olympics, in a controversial decision.
Officials have selected her for the women’s weightlifting team for Tokyo 2020, after qualifying requirements were recently modified.
She had competed in men’s events before coming out as transgender in 2013.
Critics say Hubbard has an unfair advantage, but others have argued for more inclusion at the Games.
She will compete in the women’s 87-kg weightlifting category. The 43-year-old became eligible to compete at the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015 changed its rules allowing transgender athletes to compete as a woman if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold. Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass.
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