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On Monday, August 2nd, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard wrote history as the first openly transgender woman to compete in the Olympics. Although the 43-year-old ended the +87 kg competition prematurely after failing to register a tear, her presence at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics comes 18 years after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a guideline to prevent transgender Allow competitors.

Hubbard – also the oldest lifter at the Tokyo Games – previously competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before switching in 2013. And while she didn’t win a medal, Hubbard is certainly grateful for her homeland and the IOC.

“You’ve been helping me through tough times,” Hubbard told USA Today after the competition. “I know that my participation in these games was not entirely uncontroversial, but they were just wonderful.”

According to Hubbard, their presence was “confirmed” [the IOC’s] Commitment to the principles of Olympism “since the inception of transgender competition policy.” You have shown, I believe, that exercise is something that all people around the world can do, “she continued.” It is inclusive. It’s accessible. “