New Zealand Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard who was born Gavin will compete in the women's super heavyweight category at the Tokyo Olympics following a rule change.
Before transitioning to a woman in his mid-30s , Hubbard competed in men's weightlifting competitions . After his transition in 2013 he became a champion in Women's weightlifting winning the Australian International Women's Weightlifting Championship in the over 90kg division .
The move has been criticised by fellow New Zealander and former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs who said female athletes are "told to be quiet" when they raise concerns over the issue.
Lambrechs, who won bronze for New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games told TVNZ : "I'm quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot. I've had female weightlifters come up to me and say, 'what do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?'. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do because every time we voice it we get told to be quiet"
In 2015 , the International Olympic Committee issued guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months before their first competition.