The porter said Saturday that Team New Zealand wants to help weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first transgender person to compete in the Olympics, manage the “enormous interest” it is receiving on the occasion of the Planetary Meeting. .
Born a man but turned into a woman after his 30s, Hubbard sparked controversy when he was chosen after he met the criteria.
“We work closely with Laurel, as with any athlete, but especially with her because of the sheer amount of interest she generates.‘ Ashley Abbott said on Saturday.
“We are looking for the best you can do in terms of interacting with the media. So of course there will be restrictions“.
Hubbard became selectable in women after she demonstrated that her testosterone levels were lower than recommended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which was set at 10 nanomols per liter. She will compete in Tokyo in the weight class over 87 kg.
But critics have risen up to argue that Hubbard has other advantages linked to his past as a man, making his existence unfair relative to other competitors.
“We will continue to work with her to ensure she has support at all times and that she understands the environment in which she operates.Abbott added.
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