The problem?? Hubbard competed in men’s weightlifting before his transition – and some critics are already criticizing the situation as unfair to other athletes.
But, the International Olympic Committee has specific guidelines for transgender athletes to compete – testosterone levels must be below a certain level – and Hubbard has met the criteria since 2015.
In other words, she’s ready to go !!
The CEO of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Kereyn Smith, issued a statement on Monday supporting Hubbard.
“We recognize that gender identity in sport is a very sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance between human rights and fairness on the playing field,” said Smith.
“As a New Zealand team, we have a strong culture of manaaki, inclusion and respect for all. We are committed to supporting all eligible New Zealand athletes and ensuring their mental and physical well-being, as well as their high performance needs, while preparing for and participating in the Olympics are met.
Not everyone feels that… in May, the Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen reportedly called Hubbard’s qualifying situation “unfair” and “a bad joke.”
Hubbard, however, didn’t let disapproval get in the way of his feat on Monday… saying, “I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support given to me by so many New Zealanders. “
“The past 18 months have shown us all that there is strength in kinship, in community and in working together towards a common goal. The silver fern mana comes from all of you and I will wear it with pride. “
New Zealand Olympic weightlifting president added Richie Patterson, “Laurel is an astute student of sports and technically very good with the lifts. We look forward to supporting her in her final preparations for Tokyo. “
The Games will begin on July 23.