Olympic Rings in Fortuneswell on the Isle of Portand, Dorset. In the background Chesil Beach and Weymouth can be seen. via Wikimedia Commons

On Monday, it was reported that Laurel Hibbard, a women’s weightlifter from New Zealand, will be the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics in July of this year.

Fox News reports:

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” Laurel Hubbard, 43, said in a statement, according to the BBC. 

The report pointed out that in 2015, the International Olympic Committee changed its rules to allow transgender athletes to compete as long as their testosterone level is below a certain level and maintained for a year.  The determining criteria — a maximum reading of 10 nanomoles per liter of testosterone — is as least five times more than a biological woman.

Some critics insist that Hubbard, who transitioned eight years ago, will still have an unfair advantage when she competes in the women’s super heavyweight category in August.

The Guardian, citing IOC guidelines, reported that athletes who transition from male to female are allowed to compete in events without surgically removing their testes. The paper reported that some recent studies show power gained during male puberty can last.

Anna Vanbellinghen of Belgium who will likely compete against Hubbard said the New Zealander’s presence would be “like a bad joke” for female competitors.


  1. This is a very sad story, it destroys the foundation of decency in the world. How can any group accept that a person with a different gender compete against a different gender just because the first gender had an operation, and took hormones to pretend to be the other gender. That is discrimination to any biological gender. We must stop this!!

  2. In the world can anyone let me know how many women that operated on their bodies took synthetic drugs to appear as a male are competing in this Olympic Games? Pretend males will never be able to equal a biological male, they are not made for that role, same with pretend females will never know what menstruation and giving birth is like, because they were not made biologically made for that…… THIS STUPIDY AND FALSE NARRATIVE ABOUT TRANSGENDER PEOPLE MUST COME TO AN STOP!!!!

    1. Manny…………the sick twisted transgender baloney in truth has it’s roots in the PORN, and LGBTQ COMMUNITY. In truth such people are psychos.

  3. Really sad. We now see the end of the Olympics as such. Born a male…….always a male. Really unfair.

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