Da er det i følge BBC offisielt bekreftet av transkvinnen Laurel Hubbard fra New Zealand skal delta i vektløfting for kvinner.
Officials have selected her for the women’s weightlifting team for Tokyo 2020, after qualifying requirements were recently modified.
She had competed in men’s events before coming out as transgender in 2013.
Critics say Hubbard has an unfair advantage, but others have argued for more inclusion at the Games.
“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,” Hubbard said in a statement issued by the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Monday.
She will compete in the women’s 87-kg weightlifting category.
The 43-year-old became eligible to compete at the Olympics when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in 2015 changed its rules allowing transgender athletes to compete as a woman if their testosterone levels are below a certain threshold.
Testosterone is a hormone that increases muscle mass.
e New Zealand team, we have a strong culture of ‘manaaki’ (respect) and inclusion and respect for all.”
The head of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, Richie Patterson, said Hubbard had shown “grit and perseverance” to recover from a career-threatening 2018 injury.
“We look forward to supporting her in her final preparations towards Tokyo,” he said.
Laurel Hubbard is among the top ranked athletes in the world in her category.
She has a good chance at winning a medal, as several others won’t compete due to rules by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) that that there should be only one lifter per category from each country.
Hubbard’s participation in previous competitions had sparked controversy in the past.
In 2019 she won a gold medal at the Pacific Games in Samoa, beating an athlete from the host nation, which triggered outrage.
Samoa’s weightlifting boss has since said the New Zealander’s selection for Tokyo was like allowing athletes to “dope” and feared it could again cost his country a medal.
In 2018, Australia’s weightlifting federation tried to have Hubbard barred from the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Organisers rejected the move. But in the end Hubbard had to withdraw from the competition due to an injury.