Tuesday , 16 July 2024

The first transgender athlete secured her participation in the Tokyo Olympics!

Weightlifting athlete Laurel Hamoard is expected to become the first transgender woman to compete in an Olympics after qualifying for this summer's rescheduled Tokyo Games. Hubbard secured a place in the heavyweight women's category after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved an amendment to the rules, as the Covid-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of several qualifiers.

Hubbard participated in men's races before the sex change in 2013. She has, however, been able to compete as a transgender person at the Olympics since 2015, when the IOC issued new guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided testosterone levels are below 10 nanograms per liter for at least 12 months before their first race.

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