New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard recently won the Australian International weightlifting competition.

Hubbard’s victory set a new national record for the women’s “clean and jerk” which she hopes will set her off on the path to qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Furthermore, Hubbard became the first transgender woman to represent New Zealand at this event. Nevertheless, critics of Hubbard’s victory have pointed out she has competed as a man before her transition. Several competitors have said that her inclusion affords her an unfair advantage.

However, Olympic rules state that Hubbard is well within her rights to compete. The International Olympic Committee guideline for female transgender athletes requires that athletes pass a series of hormone tests, which Hubbard did.

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