Olympic weightlifter calls transgender athlete’s inclusion a ‘bad joke’

Olympic weightlifter calls transgender athlete’s inclusion a ‘bad joke’


A Belgian weightlifter has blasted the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for allowing a transgender female to compete in this summer’s Tokyo Games, saying it “feels like a bad joke.”

Anna Van Bellinghen told the website InsidetheGames Sunday that while she supports the transgender community and does not reject New Zealander Laurel Hubbard’s decision to transition from male to female, “this particular situation is unfair to the sport and to the athletes.”

“Anyone that has trained weightlifting at a high level knows this to be true in their bones,” said Van Bellinghen, who is attempting to qualify for the over-87 kilogram competition. She claimed that Hubbard enjoys the same advantage over the other female competitors as someone on a long-term course of steroids.

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“Why is it still a question whether two decades, from puberty to the age of 35, with the hormonal system of a man also would give an advantage [against women]?” she asked.

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