First transgender athlete to compete at Olympics

First transgender athlete to compete at Olympics

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g3org3y

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17,257 posts

159 months

Monday 21st June
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BBC said:
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

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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.
Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-57549653

Juanco20

2,993 posts

161 months

MXRod

2,025 posts

115 months

Monday 21st June
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NZ must be desperate for medals, as Germaine Greer said ( not a direct quote )
“You can tattoo my nose black , transplant long fluffy ears and tail , but it still does not make me a ******* spaniel”

BabySharkDooDooDooDooDooDoo

13,680 posts

137 months

Monday 21st June
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rofl

Hopefully other countries will do the same biggrin

768

9,152 posts

64 months

Monday 21st June
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I sort of don't blame NZ's selection, if it's within the rules it would seem odd not to. When it's all ex-men winning medals maybe common sense will break out.

Makes a total mockery of women's sport though, just have the one category if we're not going to allow to compete the very people women's sport was created for.

DaveCWK

1,560 posts

142 months

Monday 21st June
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Juanco20 said:
Lol.

What opinion are fellow women athletes voicing on this? Accepting they will be under social pressure to outwardly conform to the on trend opinion.
Because ultimately it's going to be on them to call it out IMO - not sure anyone else can without being labeled bigoted.

ShoooRn

149 posts

65 months

Monday 21st June
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BabySharkDooDooDooDooDooDoo said:
rofl

Hopefully other countries will do the same biggrin
I think I'm in the mindset that either this happens or this woman is put to shame by a woman (from birth female) who has been competing in this category for years. I guess we will see.

hotchy

3,033 posts

94 months

Monday 21st June
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Just have a full new category. Transgender male and woman. There everyone's happy. An ex male will naturally lift loads more than any real woman thats just genetics. Womans sport is over.

Jim the Sunderer

2,621 posts

150 months

Monday 21st June
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Norman Bates missed a trick with the hotel and murdering business.

He could have been winning those solid gold medals and sugary yogurt sponsorship deals.

Northernboy

11,128 posts

225 months

Monday 21st June
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Hopefully he’s good enough that the whole world will wake up to how wrong this is.

Allowing someone who’s been through male puberty to compete as a female is taking away places and wins from women.

Vickers_VC10

6,266 posts

173 months

Monday 21st June
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Cheating. Simple as that.

rover 623gsi

4,339 posts

129 months

Monday 21st June
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DaveCWK said:
Juanco20 said:
Lol.

What opinion are fellow women athletes voicing on this? Accepting they will be under social pressure to outwardly conform to the on trend opinion.
Because ultimately it's going to be on them to call it out IMO - not sure anyone else can without being labeled bigoted.
On the contrary - men are more likely to have their views in this matter listened to while women who speak out against it are labelled as transphobic.

Women athletes - just like women in general - have been socialised to ‘be kind’ and to be ‘inclusive’. Only a very few active athletes have been able to speak out -although the number is growing.

A few ex-competitors have been vocal about this issue -Sharron Davies in particular has done a great job of shining a light on the whole nonsense of it.

Anyone born male should not be competing ‘as a woman’ - it completely destroys the integrity of women’s sport.

GroundZero

991 posts

22 months

Monday 21st June
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Vickers_VC10 said:
Cheating. Simple as that.
It is.
I feel sorry for the women competing in that event.


Douglas Quaid

1,325 posts

53 months

Monday 21st June
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Juanco20 said:
Exactly what I thought. The South Park boys are bang on the money again.

vaud

41,214 posts

123 months

Monday 21st June
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Vickers_VC10 said:
Cheating. Simple as that.
Inside the rules as defined, so how can it be cheating? If you have an issue with the rules, then that is different.

anotherjohnv

1,275 posts

165 months

Monday 21st June
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Why can't they think this through to it's logical conclusion?

Jules Sunley

1,127 posts

61 months

Monday 21st June
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Utterly ridiculous. Another sign the world has gone mad. Thanks for the South Park link, not seen that one, very apt though. This will just kill off women's strength sports.

Dagnir

1,171 posts

131 months

Monday 21st June
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Iwantafusca

1,374 posts

43 months

Monday 21st June
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Rich white male privilege in a nutshell.

Newc

1,447 posts

150 months

Monday 21st June
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There was a twitter thread running round recently listing all the ex-men now in professional women's sports.

The author noted the entirely coincidental coincidence that all of them had a) participated in the men's events prior to trans-ing, b) done poorly, c) were in highly paid events like golf, weightlifting, etc, and that there were none to be found in the eg synchronised swimming events.
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