We have previously discussed the ongoing controversy over transgender individuals competing in female sports where critics say they have an unfair advantage. That debate may now go to the Olympics after Laurel Hubbard dominated the recent weightlifting competition in Tokyo. Hubbard competed for New Zealand in men’s weightlifting before her transition in her thirties. She then transitioned as is now sweeping away the competition.
This month, Hubbard took two golds and a silver in the three women’s heavyweight categories. She was not nearly that successful as a male weightlifter. Women’s groups are objecting that the system gives an unfair advantage to weightlifters born males.
Under the 2015 guidelines of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), transgender athletes can compete in women’s category as long as their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months prior to their first competition.
Many object that there remaining differences of strength and physique. The alternative is to have competitions for transgender athletes.
What do you think?