The New Zealand Olympic Committee revealed today, Monday, the participation of a weightlifter who has changed his gender to compete in the women’s heavyweight category during the Tokyo Olympics, which is the first event of its kind in the history of the Olympic Games.
Russia Today website quoted the New Zealand Olympic Committee in a press statement saying: “Hubbard will participate in the Summer Olympics, which are scheduled to start on July 23, and five athletes have been selected for the New Zealand weightlifting team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. The team included three women who are : Laurel Hubbard, Kanna Andrews Now, Megan Signal, and two men, David Lee and Cameron McTaggart.
“Hubbard is 43 years old and fully meets the standards of the International Weightlifting Federation, and the guidelines of the International Olympic Committee in such cases,” noting that Hubbard will be the first athlete to change his gender and compete in the Summer Olympics.
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