Transgender weightlifter set for Commonwealth Games

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand competes in the Women's 90+ kg division of the IWF Weightlifting World Championships in California 2017

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand competes in the Women's 90+ kg division of the IWF Weightlifting World Championships in California 2017

He is now gearing up to compete as a female at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The 39-year-old Hubbard lived as Gavin Hubbard until four years ago and competed at national level as a man.

Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard - a biological male who made headlines recently after deciding to compete as a woman - won two silver medals for New Zealand at the weightlifting world championships Tuesday.

Numerous world's best super-heavyweight women are not competing because nine nations are banned for multiple doping offences.

Duangaksorn lifted 115kg in her second snatch attempt but failed to hoist 119kg in her third to finish fifth. But not everyone is happy about Hubbard competing as a woman. "Hubbard's coach, Tim Swords said:" She stayed away (from the media conference) because she was embarrassed, probably".

Many rivals, however, felt she has an unfair advantage.

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"We're in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies ... where you've got that aggression, you've got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights", Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Michael Keelan told Fox Sports, adding that Hubbard's presence creates an "uneven playing field".

"I'm really happy that our teams is going to come together and be united to represent New Zealand in a positive way and really uphold our organisational values which include showing some leadership, showing some real personal integrity and ultimately being able to put some really good performances on the platform that hopefully New Zealand can be proud of. Nobody wanted her to win".

Under the International Olympic Committee regulations a male-to-female transgender athlete must show, from a period starting one year before her first competition and ending when she finishes her competitive career, that her total testosterone level is below 10 nanomols per litre.

The IOC might review its regulations when the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) had considered evidence from new research relating to female track and field athletes with high testosterone levels, said Adamfi. Swords said that there was no controversy between the lifters about Hubbard's presence in the game, but there was between some of the coaching team members, and Hubbard was abused on social media before the IWF.

But she added: "The rules are the rules and if it's in the rules that's what we go by".

Alihosseini, 29, who still holds the junior world records he set in 2008, was originally banned for life but successfully appealed and, since 2011 when CAS reduced the suspension to eight years, has trained at his father's gym.

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