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WELLINGTON, New Zealand, June 22, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — New Zealand weightlifter Gavin “Laurel” Hubbard, a man who claims to be a woman, will be the first “transgender” weightlifter to compete in the Olympics in the women’s super heavyweight category.
The Auckland-born athlete, who stands over six feet tall and weighs 286 pounds, has claimed to be a woman since he was 35. He has now been selected to compete in next month’s Tokyo Olympics after meeting the qualifications for transgender athletes, which include showing testosterone levels below a threshold set by the International Olympic Committee.
At 43, Hubbard will also be the oldest weightlifter participating in the competition.
“We acknowledge that gender identity in sport is a highly sensitive and complex issue requiring a balance between human rights and fairness on the field of play,” said New Zealand Olympic Committee Chief Kereyn Smith.
“As the New Zealand team, we have a strong culture of manaaki (caring) and inclusion and respect for all,” she said.
Hubbard, who is the son of former Auckland mayor Dick Hubbard, became eligible to compete in the Olympics after the International Olympic Committee changed its rules in 2015, permitting people who say they are transgender to compete against athletes of the opposite sex.
Hubbard has long asserted he has no advantage over female competitors.
“Look, I’ve heard that and I think it’s incredibly disrespectful to the other competitors,” he said in 2017.
The Communist-run People’s Republic of China is guilty of systematic human rights' abuses which are totally and utterly inconsistent with the spirit of the Olympic Games.
And yet, the 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in Beijjing, starting in only one year's time.
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Think about the ongoing genocide of the Uighur people who inhabit the North-west corner of China; think of the recent crackdown and arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong; think of the detention of members of Falun Gong; and, think of the persecution of Christians in China.
This is sickening.
China should be held to account for its manifest human rights' abuses, not lauded on the world stage. The Chinese Communist Party should be shamed, not celebrated.
Right now, the delay of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which were scheduled to begin last summer, provides the perfect opportunity for the IOC to press pause on the Beijing Games, and take emergency action to relocate them away from China.
Not only that, but it could be very strongly argued that sending athletes from around the world to the "breeding ground of Covid-19" and then back home again, makes absolutely no sense from the perspective of protecting public health.
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Here are just some of the human rights' abuses which China is guilty of:
GENOCIDE. In a report released on January, 19th of this year, the U.S. State Department found that, at least since 2017, the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of "genocide" against the Uighur population, living in Xinjiang Province. An abbreviated list of lesser crimes committed by the state against this largely-Muslim ethnic group includes:
- Torture of a large number of those arbitrarily detained
- Forced labor
- The imposition of draconian restrictions on freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of movement.
CRACKDOWN ON HONG KONG DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. China's newly-implemented National Security Law (NSL) is being used to enforce a draconian clampdown and arrest of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong, who have bravely resisted the Communist Party's efforts to squash the right to vote and the right to run for political office.
PERSECUTION. China has mercilessly persecuted practioners of Falun Gong and Christians of every denomination. Over the last few years, incidents of persecution include:
- Christian churches have been destroyed by authorities.
- Two million Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and Falun Gong followers have been held in detention.
- Christian teachings have been reinterpreted according to socialist doctrine.
- Churches in Hunan province were forced to remove displays of the Ten Commandments and replace them with quotes of President Xi Jinping.
These appalling human rights' abuses don't even include the extensive history of forced abortion and sterilization which the Chinese Communists are known to have committed in their ruthless enforcement of their "one-child policy," which only ended in 2015.
Of course, the world's premier amateur athletes should not be punished for the sins of the hosting nation, but neither should they lend their credibility and talent to support a nation which is guilty of so many systematic human rights' abuses.
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'Hong Kong authorities arrest dozens of prominent pro-democracy activists' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/hong-kong-authorities-arrest-dozens-of-prominent-pro-democracy-activists
'It’s time for the Pope to recognize the carnage among Uighurs, Catholics in China' - https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/its-time-for-the-pope-to-recognize-the-carnage-among-uighurs-catholics-in-china
“I don’t believe there is any fundamental difference between me and the other athletes, and to suggest this is slightly demeaning to them,” he added.
But not all athletes agree with that assessment. Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs told Reuters in May that she was “quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot.”
“We’re all about equality for women in sport, but right now that equality is being taken away from us,” she remarked.
Lambrechs said she has been approached by other female athletes who ask her what they should do, arguing that allowing men to compete against women is unfair.
“Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do because every time we voice it we get told to be quiet,” she said.
Lambrechs, who competed in the super heavyweight category of women’s Olympic and Commonwealth events until 2017, said she was pushed out of the category by Hubbard.
“When I was told to drop the category because Laurel was obviously going to be their number one super, it was heartbreaking, like super soul destroying,” she told TVNZ.
“And it’s unfortunate that some female, somewhere is like, ‘Well, I’m going to miss out on going to the Olympics, on achieving my dream, representing my country because a transgendered athlete is able to compete,” she said.
Since “transitioning,” Hubbard has continuously defeated female competitors. Just this year, he broke a record by winning twice at the IWF World Weightlifting Championships. In the 2017 Australian International in Melbourne, Hubbard crushed his competition, setting four unofficial national weightlifting records for New Zealand.
The news of Hubbard’s selection to join New Zealand’s Olympic weightlifting team comes as multiple U.S. states have begun passing legislation banning men from competing in women’s sports.
In March, Gov. Tate Reeves of Mississippi signed Senate Bill 2536 into law, making Mississippi the first state in the country to ban men from women’s sports. Just weeks later, Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas signed SB354, the “Fairness in Women’s Sports Act.” In June, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an act by the same name that blocks men from competing in women’s sports in Florida. In South Dakota, Gov. Kristi Noem disappointed conservatives by failing to sign a similar bill brought by the South Dakota legislature.
Though Hubbard has made headlines by being selected for the women’s Olympic weightlifting team, he lost a battle just two years ago to keep his name out of the news for his criminal liability in a traffic accident that led to significant injuries.
In January 2019, Hubbard pleaded guilty to a 2018 charge of careless driving after his vehicle struck a car driven by a man in his 60s, who was hospitalized for nearly two weeks and required major spinal surgery. Hubbard’s lawyer “successfully applied for suppression orders” to keep the court dealings private so that Hubbard could train for Olympic events “without the distress caused by social media comments responding to publicity about the charge,” according to Stuff Ltd.
But in July 2019, Justice Gerald Nation overturned the suppression orders, saying Hubbard did not show “a real risk of extreme hardship.”
“The media representing the public interest … should have been able to report on what happened in Court,” Justice Nation said.
The Tokyo Olympics begin July 23.