Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, who took home the gold in the 2019 Pacific Games, will likely continue to break records at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Hubbard is a trans woman who would be competing in women’s categories at the international sporting event. Due to the new rules put in place by the IOC for COVID, Hubbard is basically guaranteed a spot on the New Zealand women’s weightlifting team, in the super heavyweight category, because so many competitions were lost during the pandemic year. Hubbard, who at 43 would be the oldest weightlifting Olympian competing, hasn’t yet been named to the team, but “an International Weightlifting Federation insider confirmed to the Guardian that she would automatically qualify because of amended rules approved by the International Olympic Committee.” That insider told the Guardian that “while teams did not have to be named until 5 July, under the new qualification rules, which had come into effect after several competitions were lost because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hubbard was sure of a place in Tokyo if fit.” Hubbard transitioned after entering adulthood as a male for 35 years and retained all the advantages of having grown up male.
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Caitlyn Jenner, candidate for California governor and former Olympic gold medallist, says she opposes trans girls participating in women’s sports. Ms Jenner, who came out as a trans woman in 2015, told a reporter: “It just isn’t fair. And we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.” The Republican candidate for governor gave what appeared to be an impromptu interview to the TMZ website. A number of US states are considering a ban on trans girls in women’s sports. Mississippi signed such a ban into law in March, although it is expected to face appeals. The Human Rights Campaign — the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US — says some 17 other states are considering similar legislation.
A Canadian transgender athlete says it’s “reprehensible” that some U.S. states are trying to ban trans women and girls from playing for female sports teams. “What they’re really doing is fighting for what one might call the non-existent rights of [non-transgender] women and girls, while treating trans girls and trans women as not real girls or women,” said Veronica Ivy, a two-time track cycling world champion. “It’s fundamentally unfair,” she told The Current’s Matt Galloway. Republican lawmakers in states across the U.S. have introduced more than 100 bills related to transgender issues this year, according to Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. organization fighting for LGBTQ equality. Many of those bills aim to prevent transgender women and girls from competing on women’s and girls’ sports teams. Proponents of such legislation argue that allowing transgender individuals to play on women’s sports teams gives them an unfair physical advantage over other players.
Lets be honest. Canada now coasts along on the fumes of previous achievement. Of all the problems Canada faces, these absolute trash Olympic uniforms are about as low on the list as you can get. And yet, there is significance here: “Aesthetics matter, and these trash uniforms certainly get across the idea that Canada is an unserious country unable to muster a shred of confidence or self-respect.” In 2021, does Canada deserve better than uniforms that look like they were vandalized by angry teens with Sharpies? Not really. If Olympic uniforms serve to project our national image, these garments actually nail it, writes Sabrina Maddeaux. “Canada is having a rough time. Once the promised land of oil sands, maple syrup, and kinda-free healthcare, we’re now a world leader in new COVID cases, money laundering, and overpriced houses. But, with the Tokyo Olympics (maybe) around the corner, the Great White North has a chance to redeem itself on the international stage – to show other countries who we really are. Sure, the medal tallies are important. But the world’s most-viewed sporting event is ultimately about spectacle, which means it’s also the world’s most-viewed fashion event.
A high school girl’s basketball game erupted into a violent brawl last weekend when an argument between one of the referees and a coach led to a heated blowout. The official was caught on video throwing a punch at a spectator and a player before being body-slammed to the ground and then attacked by the player.