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Tokyo: New Zealand will help Hubbard handle the pressure

(ANSA – AFP) – ROME, July 17 – Team New Zealand wants to help weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, the first transgender woman to compete in the Olympics, to manage the “enormous interest” it will receive in the planetary event, he said. A spokesman for the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Hubbard caused controversy when she qualified and after meeting the set criteria.

“We work very closely with Laurel, as with any athlete, but especially with her because of the huge amount of interest there – said Ashley Abbott – we are evaluating what would be best for her to do in terms of interaction with the media. It is clear that she will be There are limits.”

Hubbard became selective in women after demonstrating that his testosterone levels were lower than those recommended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

He will compete in Tokyo in the weight category over 87 kg. But according to critics, Hubbard has other advantages linked to her past as a man, which makes her existence unfair to other competitors. “We will continue to work with her to ensure she always has support and an understanding of the environment in which she operates,” Abbott added. (ANSA – Agence France-Presse).

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