The International Olympic Committee has lauded weightlifter Laurel Hubbard’s “courage and tenacity” as she prepares to become the first transgender athlete to compete in an Olympics on Monday.
Hubbard’s participation at the 2020 games is not without its controversy, as critics of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) believe that the 42-year-old New Zealander has an unjust and considerable advantage.
Medical and science director Richard Budgett accepted that the issue was “large, difficult and complex”, but consolidated Hubbard’s right to compete.“ In a nutshell, the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015,” he said. “There are no IOC rules or regul2ations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman, is competing under the rules of her federation and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games.