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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

First trans Olympian spurs debate over inclusiveness vs. fairness

New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard makes history in women's weightlifting at Tokyo Games

Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand, seen in this 2018 file photo, will compete in the women's over-87-kg weightlifting event on Aug. 2 at the Tokyo Olympics.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The first transgender athlete in Olympics history will compete in the women's weightlifting event of the Tokyo Olympics on Aug. 2.

Laurel Hubbard, 43, from New Zealand, will compete in the over 87-kg category. She used to compete as a male athlete, but has now undergone sex reassignment surgery. Her rivals and some sports commentators have said that her inclusion in the women's competition gives her an unfair advantage. 

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