Women’s groups around the world are beginning to sound the alarm about biological males participating in female sports, according to The New York Post.
In anticipation of the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, women’s groups in New Zealand and the U.K. are calling for the International Olympic Committee to review its standard concerning males who identify as females competing in next Summer’s games.
“Fair Play for Women” based in the U.K. and “Speak up for Women” based in New Zealand are pointing to male born weightlifter Laurel Hubbard as an example of the unfair practices of this trend. The New Zealand group is lobbying its own government to press their Olympic Committee to change their policies and allow only women and girls to participate based on sex, not gender identity.
Hubbard, who competed as a man for decades but now identifies as a woman, brought home two gold medals and a silver competing in the Pacific Games weightlifting categories last month, Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers who is a biological female. Samoa hosted the Games this year and Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele, was outraged that this practice was outraged saying ,this never should have been allowed”.
The International Olympic Committee’s guidelines established in 2015 state that biological men may compete against women if their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per liter, but peer reviewed research studies have reportedly shown that even with lowered testosterone levels, natural born males have advantages over females in bone and muscle density.
The majority of events in Tokyo will not be affected, but it remains to be seen if high profile female athletes on such teams as soccer and basketball will speak up for their “sisters” in sports such as weightlifting where transgender females have a clear advantage.
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