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Laurel Hubbard thanks Olympics officials for making games ‘inclusive’ and ‘accessible’

Laurel Hubbard thanks Olympics officials for making games ‘inclusive’ and ‘accessible’
‘The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values,’ athlete says

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has spoken out ahead of her competition at the Tokyo games, thanking the Den internasjonale olympiske komité (IOC) for making sport “inclusive”.

Hubbard is set to make history on 2 August when she becomes the first openly transseksuell athlete to compete in the history of the Olympic Games.

She rarely gives media interviews but has released a statement ahead of her performance in the 87kg women’s category through the New Zealand Olympic Committee.

“The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values. I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible," hun sa.

Hubbard’s participation as part of the New Zealand Olympic team has been accompanied by polarising reactions, with the decision receiving swathes of support and criticism.

Some have said that her inclusion marks a turning point for the LGBT+ community in competitive sports while others argue that trans women have an inherent physiological advantage.

Hubbard transitioned in 2012 at 35-years-old and underwent hormone therapy in the same year. She subsequently met all of the requirements of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) regulations for participation in the games.

“Jeg er takknemlig og ydmyk over den godheten og støtten som har blitt gitt meg av så mange newzealendere,” Hubbard previously said in a statement in June when her selection was announced.

La hun til: “Da jeg brakk armen min på Commonwealth Games for tre år siden, Jeg ble informert om at min sportskarriere sannsynligvis hadde nådd slutten. Men din støtte, din oppmuntring, og din aroha (kjærlighet) carried me through the darkness.”

New Zealand Olympic Committee secretary-general Kereyn Smith said the athlete had arrived in Tokyo “a couple of days ago” and that they “understand that she’s comfortable”.

Hun sa: “She’s getting ready. She well understands the size of the stage and is very grateful to be able to compete in this environment.”

Reporting by the Associated Press