New Zealand’s Olympic weightlifting prospects have taken a turn for the better:
— Reuters (@Reuters) June 20, 2021
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Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympics since 2015, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months before their first competition.
Some scientists have said the guidelines do little to mitigate the biological advantages of those who have gone through puberty as males, including bone and muscle density.
Advocates for transgender inclusion argue the process of transition decreases that advantage considerably and that physical differences between athletes mean there is never a truly level playing field.
Narrator: Those “some scientists” are correct. Those “advocates for transgender inclusion” are not.
You mean the one who pulled same weight as second and third place combined? You mean someone who took first place and difference with second place was bigger than third place pulled combined? That one?
Why cheaters are allowed to Olympics?! pic.twitter.com/SPNdKE66E5
— This is this and that is that ⚢ 🟩⬜️🟪 (@Iamthisnotthat1) June 21, 2021
The New Zealand government offered its support.
“Laurel is a member of New Zealand’s Olympic team. We are proud of her as we are of all our athletes, and will be supporting her all the way,” Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson said in a statement.
We have no doubt that New Zealand’s government is excited about this. It’s not every day you’re all but guaranteed a gold medal.
Breaking: Gold medalist announced in advance. https://t.co/zuMgTK6TXT
— Seth Dillon (@SethDillon) June 21, 2021
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 21, 2021
Biologically female Olympic weightlifters will certainly have their work cut out for them.
South Park did it first.https://t.co/4Lm1wcKLiv
— Master Dib (@master_dib) June 20, 2021
Life imitates art. pic.twitter.com/tKdGYLHvUc
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) June 21, 2021
“South Park” is a comedy, of course. But the best jokes work because there’s an element of truth to them.
Isn't that completely unfair?
— Peter (@peter_donnelly) June 20, 2021
Yes. Yes it is.
Laurel Hubbard had previously competed in international competitions as Gavin.
Among potential candidates for the Olympics team who may have lost a place to Hubbard is Feagaiga Stowers of Samoa, who began lifting to cope with a history of abuse.https://t.co/0X9k0bxhJ1 pic.twitter.com/tnlN2OUHOT
— Women's Voices (@WomenReadWomen) June 21, 2021
Very sad for girls who will never get the chance to participate in sports once this movement progresses. In addition to the health benefits, team sports provides many life lessons like discipline & teamwork that aren’t easily replicated. Many girls will never get this opportunity
— Willco_GB🍊 (@lesp67) June 21, 2021
And to the woke, that’s winning.
And the world's best women are now competing for 2nd place.
I'm sure they are delighted.
A life time of work ruined all in the name of fairness….
— Global Smalls 🇬🇧🇺🇲🇵🇭🇮🇳🇿🇦🇽🇰🏋️🏌️⛳✈️ (@Johnnysmalls78) June 21, 2021
There's nothing fair about this.
— Wycliffe Jim (@unclejaybag) June 21, 2021
Nothing at all.
The women athletes need to start boycotting.
— SexIsRealSiunan71🇮🇪🟥🍒🚺 (@siunanWTF71) June 20, 2021