[Ed. – Tough luck for real women competitors]
The New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is poised to make history and headlines, plus a considerable amount of controversy, after being confirmed as the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympic Games.
The 43-year-old will be a medal contender when she competes in the women’s super heavyweight category on 2 August. But Hubbard’s inclusion will also frustrate those who believe she has an unfair advantage over her rivals, having gone through male puberty before transitioning in 2012.
Hubbard, who won silver at the 2017 world championships and finished sixth at the 2019 edition after recovering from a serious arm injury at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, said she was delighted to have been selected.