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Chinese netizens argue over transgender athlete’s inclusion in Olympic Games

Song Hong

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New Zealand transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has provoked discussion about competition fairness among netizens in China as the date for the athlete to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games is right around corner.

As one of several transgender Olympic athletes competing in the Tokyo Games, Hubbard is set to compete in the women's super heavyweight 87-kilogram-plus category in Tokyo on August 2, and Chinese weightlifter Li Wenwen will also be on the same stage to compete against her.

As people cheered for the 21-year-old Chinese competitor on social media, the news that Hubbard would compete in the same match led to the hashtag "is it fair for transgender athlete to compete with others?" to start trending on Sina Weibo.

The hashtag has earned 170 million views and 120,000 discussions. While most Chinese netizens expressed respect toward transgender men and women and their rights in society, yet most still said they believe the answer to the hashtag is "no."

"Allowing a transgender woman into the game may be a just decision as a symbol of the Olympics inclusiveness, but it's not fair as Hubbard still has physical advantages over other participants," wrote one netizen on Sina Weibo.

Netizens said they were worried that even though Hubbard has far lower testosterone levels than males, media reports say her levels, which help determine muscle strength, are still five times higher than the average female and therefore pose an unfair advantage over other competitors.

A professional weightlifter, the 43-year-old Hubbard chose to transition at the age of 35. In 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) cleared her to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

According to a policy paper issued by IOC in 2015, athletes who transition from male to female are eligible to compete in the female category under the condition that the athlete demonstrates "that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months prior to her first competition."

"I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders," Hubbard once said in a statement, according to media reports.

The news that Hubbard would compete in the Tokyo Games made headlines both in China and abroad and was described by many media outlets as a "significant controversy" in June.

The decision has been under constant fire for both scientific and political reasons since June. Some scientists have undertaken studies that they say show that people who underwent male puberty retain advantages in power and strength even after taking medication to suppress their testosterone levels.

Critics also say that "political" elements such as gender inclusiveness should not be imposed on sports events as they feel that would lead to unfairness due to physical disparity.

"We should protect the civil rights of transgender people. Yet we should also respect the rights of othercompetitors during the game," said one online critic.

"Society fights against discrimination toward transgender people as a part of political correctness, but sports are more a competition of physical ability than personality."

 

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B-but Chinese real women are just sore losers! Man up! :blah:

Its turning into a joke even with as much gold medals China still wins. They ban Chinese gold athletes for defending their privacy against clearly misbehaving undocumented strangers they deliberately sent to stirr up conflict with the athlete, but allow their men to cheat themself into a different categor with a blatant lie.
 
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The core value of the left is communism. But westerners have been brainwashed by capitalists. They had a reflexive fear of communism. So the political ideas of the left are getting weirder.

Feminism, animal protection, environmental protection, LGBT are just products of this strange structure. And then their odd comments have stirred up the right. The result is an extremely divided society. In the violence both sides turned to fascism.

The unchecked expansion of capital led to economic stagnation in the West. Unemployment and declining living standards have intensified social contradictions. They need an external enemy to unite them at home and distract them. But they chose the wrong target - China .

The US or the West has a strong military, but it doesn't work. Because China's nukes can easily wipe capitalists and their wealth off the face of the earth. So, you see a weird phenomenon. On one hand the West claims that China is already the most evil country in the world, on the other hand they move their property, factories to China. Stupid western people think CPC buys their politicians. In fact, they're just putting their eggs in a new basket.
 

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Men competing in women’s events to win medals.

This is an absolute farce.
Men shouldn't compete with women in sports. Normally adult male testosterone level is 20 times greater than female level. The testosterone could increase muscle mass and strength of human.
 

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Is Olympic committee degenerate or what? what if he's a trans,his inherent physical gain in bone mass,muscle mass,lungs size theough puberty is still there,how can this be allowed?
Is this to prevent china from another medal?
 

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Western so called civilization going down the drain lolz. They are even confused about gender. The nwxt thing these morons will argue about if they are humans or not.
 

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The core value of the left is communism. But westerners have been brainwashed by capitalists. They had a reflexive fear of communism. So the political ideas of the left are getting weirder.

Feminism, animal protection, environmental protection, LGBT are just products of this strange structure. And then their odd comments have stirred up the right. The result is an extremely divided society. In the violence both sides turned to fascism.

The unchecked expansion of capital led to economic stagnation in the West. Unemployment and declining living standards have intensified social contradictions. They need an external enemy to unite them at home and distract them. But they chose the wrong target - China .

The US or the West has a strong military, but it doesn't work. Because China's nukes can easily wipe capitalists and their wealth off the face of the earth. So, you see a weird phenomenon. On one hand the West claims that China is already the most evil country in the world, on the other hand they move their property, factories to China. Stupid western people think CPC buys their politicians. In fact, they're just putting their eggs in a new basket.
Ha, that is an interesting theory. :)
The unchecked expansion of capital led to economic stagnation in the West. Unemployment and declining living standards have intensified social contradictions. They need an external enemy to unite them at home and distract them. But they chose the wrong target - China .
It may need a slight rephrase, such as: The unchecked expansion of capital out of the West led to economic stagnation in the West. When the leftists in the West stirred up the hatred towards the capital, the capital moves out but those workers who depend on it for higher productivity (thus higher standard of living) are left behind and increasingly depend on the hand-out from the leftist government. A vicious circle ensued.
 
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