Pioneering transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard crashed Monday in her Tokyo Olympics final after failing all three of her lifting attempts in the boot section of the +87 kg category.
The 43-year-old New Zealander made history by becoming the first transgender Olympian, but left the medal contest early, nodding toward the arena without spectators.
He made a brief statement to reporters after retiring, thanking Japan for hosting the Games under difficult circumstances and the sports organizations that made his Olympic campaign possible.
“Of course, I am not totally unaware of the controversy surrounding my participation in these Games and as such I would like to thank the IOC for truly affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and establishing that sport is for everyone. people and it is inclusive, accessible, ”he said.
“And the International Weightlifting Federation has been extraordinary.”
Hubbard was born a man and competed as a man before becoming a woman in her 30s, returning to the sport after meeting the IOC guidelines on lowering testosterone for transgender athletes.
Their presence in Tokyo is an innovative move that, according to Olympic chiefs, makes the Games more inclusive, but critics fear it will undermine women’s sport.
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