Former Weightlifter Says Women Being Told To 'be Quiet' When Complaining About Transgender Competitor

japantimes.co.jp
2021-05-08

Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs says women are being told to “be quiet” when they complain about the fairness of transgender New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard competing in women’s competitions.

Hubbard is on track to become the first transgender athlete to compete at an Olympics after the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) modified the qualifying requirements for the Tokyo Games on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old still has to satisfy the New Zealand Olympic Committee’s fitness and performance standards before being selected, but the prospect of her competing in Tokyo has already caused controversy.

“I’m quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot,” Lambrechs, who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, told TVNZ.

“We’re all about equality for women in sport but right now that equality is being taken away from us.

“I’ve had female weightlifters come up to me and say, ‘what do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?’ Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do because every time we voice it we get told to be quiet.”

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