Transgender Weightlifter Scores Medals At World Championships

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Weightlifting New Zealand says their team is united heading towards the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April. He intends to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Hubbard won New Zealand's first medal in the World Championships, which began in 1891, but declined to discuss her achievement and refused to attend media conferences.

The presence of Kiwi Laurel Hubbard among the female super-heavyweights at the weightlifting world championships created antagonism, a leading coach has confirmed.

Numerous world's best super-heavyweight women are not competing because nine nations are banned for multiple doping offences.

He also broke his own snatch world record by 3kg when he lifted 220kg. But not everyone is happy about Hubbard competing as a woman.

"There was no controversy between the lifters about her presence here, but there was between some of the coaching staffs", said Robles' coach Tim Swords, according to Reuters.

There is still widespread unease among the weight lighting community that he has an unfair advantage over his biologically female opponents. "We're in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies. where you've got that aggression, you've got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights", he said.

"I personally don't think it's a level playing field. Nobody wanted her to win".

"I'm a glass half full man so I see the positivity that this is wider than sport, this brings to the forefront of what does it look like to be a genuinely diverse and inclusive society, getting people taking about something that potentially wouldn't be at the forefront of discussion so overall I think its a positive thing".

Under the International Olympic Committee regulations a male-to-female transgender athlete must show, from a period starting one year before her first competition and ending when she finishes her competitive career, that her total testosterone level is below 10 nanomols per litre. "Whether those rules are fair or not fair is not for us to decide, it's for the policy creators to decide". Salimi had failed to register a total in the Rio Olympic Games in similar circumstances, when armed police were called as a precaution as angry Iranians protested.Alihosseini, 29, who still holds the junior world records he set in 2008, was originally banned for life but successfully appealed and has trained at his father's gym since 2011 when CAS reduced the suspension to eight years.

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