Laurel Hubbard will be the first transgender athlete to participate in a Olympic Games. The New Zealand barbell has passed all the qualifying tests necessary to be able to represent her country in the appointment with the five rings in Tokyo 2020.

As reported by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC), la International Weightlifting Federation recently revised Laurel Hubbard’s classification due to the impact of the Covid-19 and I would meet all the necessary requirements to go to Tokyo. “The NZOC can confirm that the International Federation’s revised ranking systems are highly likely to see a number of New Zealand weightlifters, including Commonwealth Games transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard., assigned to a quota for Tokyo 2020 ”.

Before the revision of the Olympic qualification system, an athlete would have to appear to six events of his discipline during the year, but the impact of the global pandemic of Covid-19 has reduced the number to four.

Hubbard spent years competing in men’s weightlifting tournaments, until he underwent his gender change in 2013 and has been eligible for the Olympics since 2015. In that year, the IOC established a standard for transgender athletes based on testosterone levels.

However Hubbard has not had it easy recently when it comes to competing. The Australian Weightlifting Federation tried to prevent him from participating in the Commonwealth Games 2018, although the organization rejected the claim. Despite this, her rivals complained publicly and the barbell ended up withdrawing from the tournament after injuring herself.


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