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25,000 People Sign Petition To Overhaul Rule That Allowed Trans Weightlifter On Olympic Team

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25,000 People Sign Petition To Overhaul Rule That Allowed Trans Weightlifter On Olympic Team

Tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the Olympics to overhaul the rule that allows transgender athletes into national teams.

The fervour comes after New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Games and will be representing her country next month.

Rule changes from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) granted Hubbard the ability to qualify for the women's super heavyweight (87kg-plus) category for weightlifting.

The 43-year-old previously competed in men's competitions before transitioning to a woman in 2013.

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In 2015, the IOC made amendments to their qualifying guidelines which allowed trans athletes to compete in women's events depending on their testosterone levels. As long as the athlete's levels were 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months prior to competition, they were eligible to compete.

However, now that Hubbard has earned a spot on the Kiwi team, many are questioning whether the IOC should revert back to the previous rule that essentially outright banned trans athletes unless they had fully transitioned.

More than 25,000 people have signed an online campaign, which states: "Male-born athletes who identify as women are taking women's places on sports teams, breaking women's sporting records and insisting they must share changing and showering facilities with women. This is unfair to women due to the incontrovertible physical advantage that transwomen have."

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While Laurel is a medal contender, she was ranked fourth in the world as of May, meaning there are three cisgendered weightlifters who were better than her.

The petition argues the whole 'showering facilities issue' will mean some athletes won't even bother competing in high-level sport due to 'religious and cultural reasons'.

Laurel Hubbard. Credit: Twitter
Laurel Hubbard. Credit: Twitter

It also adds that 'women and girls are being sacrificed by the IOC as an easy fix for transgender demands for inclusion'. However, the IOC has allowed trans athletes since 2004, meaning this isn't some new-age or woke agenda being pushed by the Olympic Committee.

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Laurel Hubbard has become such a headline grabber because she is literally the first person in nearly two decades who has fit the criteria to qualify for the Games.

Many people who signed the Change.org petition believe trans women shouldn't be allowed to compete alongside cisgendered women because they think it gives them an unfair advantage.

The campaign is hoping to reach its next goal of 35,000 signatures after smashing through its 25,000 target in a couple of weeks.

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Topics: News, LGBT

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