International Olympic Committee praises transgender woman weightlifter's 'courage and tenacity' ahead of Olympic debut
The International Olympic Committee praised New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard, a biological man who identifies as a woman, ahead of her debut in women's Olympic weightlifting.
Hubbard, 43, is preparing to make Olympic history when she competes on Monday.
"Everyone agrees that trans women are women," said IOC medical and scientific director Dr. Richard Budgett.
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Critics say Hubbard had an unfair advantage over biologically female competitors because she was born a male and switched to male puberty at the age of 35.
The controversy was "big, difficult and complex," said Budgett.
"In a nutshell, the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015," said Budgett. “There are no IOC rules or regulations on transgender participation. That depends on each international association. So Laurel Hubbard is a woman who competes by her association's rules and we must pay tribute to her courage and perseverance in actually taking part in the Games and qualifying for the Games. "
“There are many aspects of the physiology and anatomy, as well as the mental side, that contribute to excellence. It's very hard to say, 'Yes, she has an advantage because she went through male puberty' when there are so many other factors to consider, ”he continued, adding that each sport has to decide for itself what based on the physiological requirements of the competition.
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The Olympic rules allow transgender athletes to compete in women's sports as long as their total serum testosterone level is below 10 nanomoles per liter. IOC weightlifting "requires two years of hormone therapy rather than just one as listed by the IOC," according to TransAthlete.com.
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