New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won an international weightlifting competition, raising questions about her participation and the new International Olympic Committee policy on transgender athletes.
Hubbard won the over-90kg division at the Australian International in Melbourne, lifting a combined total of 268kg, according to the New Zealand Herald. In doing so she set new national records “in the snatch and clean and jerk,” according to 1 News Now.
Before her transition, Hubbard competed in weightlifting as a man. Now a woman, she wants to continue to compete as her gender.
All of this has riled up some folks who see it as uneven playing fields. Garry Marshall, the president of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, said his governing body is simply applying the rules set forth by the IOC. Those rules allow Hubbard to compete as a woman after undergoing certain transitional steps.
With Hubbard’s eyes on bigger prizes, and the next Summer Olympic Games now three years away, this issue isn’t going away anytime soon.