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First transgender of the Olympics, Laurel Hubbard is debating


The New Zealand weightlifter's participation divides, between those celebrating the move as a symbol of transgender rights and others who believe sports fairness is biased.


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History is on the move.

This Monday, in Tokyo, Laurel Hubbard, weightlifting candidate in the over 87 kg category, will have all the cameras on her.

Formerly known as Gavin, this 43-year-old New Zealander will be the first transgender to compete in the Games.

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Completely legal from a regulatory point of view since it has met the requirements of the IOC.

Namely having a testosterone level below 10 nanomoles per liter of blood for a period of twelve consecutive months.

While declaring herself a woman four years ago.

Moreover, the IOC had opened this possibility since 2004 and the Athens Games.

But so far no athlete has taken the plunge.

"A bad joke"

Son of the former mayor of Auckland, Gavin Hubbard had set himself a New Zealand record in the junior category for boys.

But, quickly, his ill-being pushes him to put away the weights and to deviate from his discipline in the early 2000s. Ten years later, later

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Source: lefigaro

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