The New Zealand Olympic Committee published this Monday the list of athletes who will participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games, among which is the weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who will be the first transgender athlete to attend the Olympics.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that so many New Zealanders have shown me,” said Hubbard, 43, who began its sex reassignment process in 2012, it’s a statement.

The New Zealand Olympic body noted that Hubbard met the eligibility criteria both from the International Weightlifting Federation, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and New Zealand, including those referring to sex change.

“We recognize that gender identity in sport is a very sensitive and complex issue that requires a balance between human rights and fairness on the playing field “, said Kereyn Smith, CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

Hubbard, who won a silver medal at the World Championships in 2017 and was sixth in 2019 after sustaining a major injury while competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, already I had an Olympic place assured by being in seventh position in the category +87 kilos and the first weightlifter from Oceania in the final list of the International Weightlifting Federation.

“When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was advised to my sports career had probably come to an end. But your support, your encouragement, and your love (love, in Maori) they took me through the dark, “he said.

Hubbard’s best overall record in the rankings is 285 kilos, which places her among the most outstanding Olympians and with chances of hanging a medal in the Japanese capital.

In 2015 the IOC published guidelines that allow any transgender athlete to compete as a woman as long as your testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before your first competition.


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