The 2021 Olympic Games in Japan will make history not for sport but over the controversy of biological men who consider themselves transgender women to compete against female athletes for the first time.
The International Olympics Committee has technically allowed biological men to compete against women since 2015 if the trans competitor has had hormone treatment and has suppressed their testosterone level for at least a year before competing.
But this year, the spotlight is not on the usual popular sports of track and field or swimming but weightlifting, where a 43-year-old man who decided to start living — and competing — as a female in his mid-30s will represent New Zealand.
Two more men who consider themselves women are traveling to Japan: Stephanie Barrett, a Canadian archer. Chelsea Wolfe, an American cyclist, and Tifanny Abreu, a Brazilian volleyball player.
The Economist laid out the argument that