On Monday night, transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard (Laurel Hubbard) withdrew early from her Olympic debut as the New Zealander’s historic appearance sparked a heated debate on one of the most divisive issues in sport.
Hubbard participated in the women’s +87 kg competition, but failed in the first three attempts in the snatch part of the competition. Her three unsuccessful matches meant that she did not enter the clean and jerk stage and was eliminated.
Hubbard tried the heaviest first attempt of the night, but failed to lift the 120 kg barbell. She seemed to have achieved greater success on the second attempt at 125 kg and happily threw a punch into the air, but her weightlifting was ruled as unqualified.
Her third and final attempt also failed, ending her Olympic dream. Hubbard made a touching gesture to the crowd supporting her. She digested her withdrawal, folded her hands on her chest, confessed the love of those who cheered her for her, and extended this love back to them.
Hubbard’s message to the world
The emotional Hubbard issued a brief statement to a group of reporters who were clamoring to hear her, thanking those who helped her participate in the Olympics.
“Thank you very much for your interest in my non-performance tonight,” Hubbard said. “I know that from a sports point of view, I haven’t really met the standards I set for myself, and maybe I haven’t met the expectations of my country.
“But one thing I am very grateful for is that the New Zealand supporters have given me so much love and encouragement, and I think I wish I could thank them all at this point, but too much. Thank you very much for this journey Everyone who helped me in.
“One of the biggest misconceptions about weightlifting is that it is an individual sport, but it is not the case. Behind every weightlifter is a group of people who provide support, encouragement, etc. I regret that I cannot thank all of them now.”
Hubbard then thanked the Japanese government for hosting the Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee, the New Zealand Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation.
“They (the International Olympic Committee) reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of Olympism. They have proven that sport is something that everyone in the world should do. It is inclusive and easy to access. I think it’s really great. “Hubbard said.
“The New Zealand Olympic Committee supported me through a very difficult period. I know that my participation in these games is not entirely without controversy, but they are really great.
“They helped me a lot, and I am very grateful to them.”
Hubbard was the last of 10 contestants as they waited in line to be introduced to the audience. Many weightlifters cheered and applauded.
When Hubbard’s name was announced, she waved briefly, and applauded with enthusiastic applause – but this was not the loudest reception of the night.
Spectators are banned, but there are hundreds (if not more than 1,000) in the conference center where the event is held.
Chinese player Li Wenchen won the gold medal, British player Emily Jade Campbell won the silver medal, and American player Sarah Elizabeth Robles won third place.
Hubbard’s historic appearance sparked controversy
Hubbard participated in the competition as a male, then turned into a female in his 30s, and participated in the sport again after meeting the IOC guidelines for transgender athletes.
The International Olympic Committee stated that she was the first transgender woman to publicly participate in the Olympics, calling it a milestone moment in the Olympic movement.
“Laurel Hubbard is a woman who competes under her federation rules. We must pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in the competition and qualifying for the Olympics,” said Richard, head of medical care at the International Olympic Committee. ·Badt told reporters in Tokyo last week.
However, her appearance on the elite stage raises complex issues in sports such as bioethics, human rights, science, fairness, and identity.
Supporters say her appearance is a victory for tolerance and transgender rights. Critics believe that because of her physical characteristics locked in her body during her decades as a male, she has an unfair advantage over female competitors.
The debate on this issue is fierce, sometimes even acrimonious, with both sides talking nonsense online, prompting the New Zealand Olympic Committee to take measures to protect Hubbard from social media trolls.
But the International Olympic Committee acknowledged that there are legitimate questions about whether Hubbard has a “disproportionate competitive advantage” — in the heavy jargon of the sports organization’s use of this issue to discuss this issue.
Female sports advocates, including pioneering gay tennis star Martina Navratilova (Martina Navratilova), expressed concern that including transgender players is unfair and may undermine the hard-won efforts to promote women’s sports status Results.
“I am happy to speak to transgender women in any way she likes, but I am not happy to compete with her. This is not fair,” she said.
Caitlyn Jenner (Caitlyn Jenner) won the men’s decathlon gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, then debuted as a woman in 2015, and announced earlier this year: “This is not fair.”