Source: The International Olympic Committee has cleared a transgender athlete to compete in the upcoming Tokyo games.
The IOC ruled Saturday that Laurel Hubbard, 43, who is a biological man, can compete for New Zealand in the women’s weightlifting super-heavyweight category and that her inclusion does not violate the current rules on the books.
She is on track to be the first transgender athlete to ever compete in the games.
“The rules for qualification have been established by the International Weightlifting Federation before the qualifications started,” IOC boss Thomas Bach said during a news conference, Reuters reported. “These rules apply, and you cannot change rules during ongoing competitions.”
Bach stressed that the rules were currently under evaluation and would be reviewed at a later date.
“The IOC is in an inquiry phase with all different stakeholders… to review these rules and finally to come up with some guidelines, which cannot be rules because this is a question where there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” he said. “It differs from sport to sport.”
I’m all for mixing up the Olympics and giving everyone what they want. If trans people want to compete where they identify, let’s do it. Male to female, female to male. Let’s roll the dice then draw up some new competition rules according to what happened in each individual sport.
Let’s watch this mess unfold. We’ve always wanted to see it and now, IT”S HAPPENING!
I’m EXAUHSTED by the infighting as is everyone else so let’s open up every sport to any and every person depending on their identification and let it all play out.
If you’re in it for content and equality of opportunity, you’re with me.