A transgender weightlifting athlete whose mind and body do not match has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in a class of over 87 kg for women.
This is the first time a transgender player has participated in the Olympic Games.
Weightlifting New Zealand 43-year-old Laurel Hubbard announced that he was transgender and underwent sex reassignment surgery in 2013.
After that, in 2017, he won a silver medal in the women's over 90 kg class at the World Championship, and the adult finished 6th in the newly set women's over 87 kg class.
And in the ranking of the right to participate in the Tokyo Olympics announced by the International Weightlifting Federation on the 11th, Hubbard finished in 7th place in the class over 87 kg and got the right to participate.
From now on, it will be officially decided to become a representative through the procedure of the New Zealand Olympic Committee.
In 2015, the IOC (International Olympic Committee) established guidelines for transgender athletes to participate in women's competitions if their male hormone testosterone levels were below a certain level for 12 months. It's the first time I've participated in the Olympics.