‘Valuable competition’ Hubbard, a trans weightlifter, should compete, according to an Olympic advisor.


‘Valuable competition’ Hubbard, a trans weightlifter, should compete, according to an Olympic advisor.

Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand trans weightlifter, will compete in the women’s weightlifting category in Tokyo today, despite significant opposition from women’s sport advocates to her participation in the Games.

Dr Joanna Harper, a PhD researcher at Loughborough University and Olympic advisor, told LBC’s Tom Swarbrick that include Laurel Hubbard, 43, is not “unfair” and provides “serious competition” to women in her weightlifting category. Despite concluding that Hubbard’s participation is acceptable from a competitive standpoint, the doctor admitted that the choice “doesn’t eliminate everything,” as she allowed that Hubbard may have advantages over “cisgender” women. Her remarks come as the weightlifter’s appearance at the games has sparked debate as “unfair competition,” but supporters say it is a watershed moment in official recognition of transgender women who have long fought for equal treatment.

“It is undoubtedly true that reducing testosterone will not destroy all of the benefits obtained throughout male type puberty,” Dr. Harper said.

“However, it does mitigate them to the point that I feel we can have meaningful rivalry between trans women and cis gender or normal women in most sports,” she says.

However, host Tom Swarbrick questioned whether biological differences between men and women, such as “bone density” and “muscle mass,” may be viewed as an unfair physiological advantage.

“Muscle mass will be lowered, and bone density will eventually decrease,” the advisor responded.

“With the lowering of testosterone, haemoglobin levels go from masculine to female levels in four months.

“But, once again, it doesn’t take care of everything.”

However, she emphasized how she believes “mitigate the advantages” to the point that we women and trans athletes may “engage in meaningful competition” without being given an unfair edge.

Swarbrick went on to ask how other women in weightlifting, and sport in general, felt about Hubbard’s participation.

“What do you say to women who have been denied the opportunity to compete in this weightlifting competition because of Laurel Hubbard’s inclusion?” he inquired.

“Laurel Hubbard is eligible for the competition; she qualified; not everyone qualifies,” Dr. Harper added.

She described how another trans woman, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe, missed out on qualifying for the Olympics because she was replaced by ‘cisgender’ women.

“So the screams of ‘it’s unjust,’ you say, aren’t right?” Mr Swarbrick retorted.

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