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Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who took home the gold in the 2019 Pacific Games, will likely continue to break records at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hubbard is a trans woman who would be competing in women’s categories at the international sporting event. Due to the new rules put in place by the IOC for COVID, Hubbard is basically guaranteed a spot on the New Zealand women’s weightlifting team, in the super heavyweight category, because so many competitions were lost during the pandemic year. Hubbard, who at 43 would be the oldest weightlifting Olympian competing, hasn’t yet been named to the team, but “an International Weightlifting Federation insider confirmed to the Guardian that she would automatically qualify because of amended rules approved by the International Olympic Committee.” That insider told the Guardian that “while teams did not have to be named until 5 July, under the new qualification rules, which had come into effect after several competitions were lost because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hubbard was sure of a place in Tokyo if fit.” Hubbard transitioned after entering adulthood as a male for 35 years and retained all the advantages of having grown up male.

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