Transgender weightlifter ‘puts sporting fairness at risk’
Allowing men who identify as women to compete in female weightlifting competitions “runs contrary to the very notion of sporting fairness”, a senior sportswriter has said. Oliver Brown, Chief Sports Feature Writer at The Daily Telegraph, spoke out after a 40-year-old man took part in the women’s +90kg division in the Commonwealth Games. Laurel Hubbard previously competed in men’s weightlifting, but has since transitioned to live as a woman and switched to competing in women’s competitions for New Zealand. But Brown was critical of this being allowed to happen. He asked whether “the rights of an individual, especially in a sport as determined by strength as Hubbard’s” should “override the rights of women who stand no chance of gold”. “Such an outcome runs contrary to the very notion of sporting fairness”, he added.