Athlete who had performance enhancing hormones for 35 years wins Silver

Female athletes caught using testosterone to built muscle are considered to be cheats and if caught will not be allowed to compete. The benefit of the hormones is that once they have been used to build muscle you can stop taking them and they will be gone from your system by the time you are tested before a competition. The muscles, however, will remain.

NewZealand’s Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has won silver at the world championships in Anaheim, California finishing second in the women’s super-heavyweights behind local favourite Sarah Robles.

It was the first time a New Zealander, male or female, had stood on the podium at the world championships, which have existed since 1891.

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Laurel Hubbard lifts in the snatch at the world championships in Anaheim, California.

[…] The 39-year-old, who lived as a man for 35 years, was abused on social media before the championships, and many coaches were clearly unhappy with her presence.

Hubbard has had the benefit of performance-enhancing testosterone to build body mass and muscle for 35 years. Those muscles did not disappear when he made the decision to become a she. If a biologically female athlete had been using testosterone for 35 years or even for a year she would not be allowed to compete. It is a travesty that biologically female athletes are being forced to compete against transgender women like Hubbard.

“When Sarah beat Hubbard in the snatch we were congratulated by multiple coaching staffs. Nobody wanted her to win.”

Hubbard was eligible to compete because she complied with regulations on transgender athletes laid down by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whose directives are followed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

The regulations are unjust and will destroy women’s sport. Hubbard should be able to compete in Men’s competitions because biologically she is a man. Hubbard has the right to compete and Hubbard has the right to be called Laurel and to live life as a woman. Hubbard should not have the right to compete against biological women because he is not one.

“I don’t think anybody was impressed with the whole situation,” said Swords.

“I hope the IOC do something about it because this is really going to hurt our sport in the long run.  I’m not comfortable with it at all.” […]

[…] In four international contests Hubbard has won three times and now finished second in the biggest event of the year, though she was helped by the absence of rivals from nine nations banned for multiple doping offences.

How ironic when for 35 years Hubbard has had the benefit of performance-enhancing testosterone.

Her total of 275kg would have earned her seventh place in the super-heavyweights, which were then +75kg, in the 2015 world championships, and sixth place in the Rio Olympics.

A 40-year-old woman from Ecuador won a medal on Monday, and if Hubbard is keen to continue beyond next year’s Commonwealth Games, in which she is ranked No 1 in her weight class, and can improve in her 40s she could be a contender at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games […]

 – Stuff

 


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