International Olympic Committee (IOC) Medical and Science Director Dr. Richard Budgett recently began insisting that "everyone agrees that trans women are women," and proceeded to praise the New Zealand man (Laurel Hubbard) pretending to be a woman to compete in women's Olympic weightlifting.
Budgett declared on Friday during a press conference that Hubbard displays “courage and tenacity.”
So it is now courageous for a biological man to compete against biological women in a test of strength? When men are biologically stronger than women? How is that even close to being fair or courageous?
“To put it in a nutshell, the IOC had a scientific consensus back in 2015,” Budgett said. “There are no IOC rules or regulations around transgender participation. That depends on each international federation.”
“So Laurel Hubbard is a woman and is competing under the rules of her federation, and we have to pay tribute to her courage and tenacity in actually competing and qualifying for the Games,” he added.
“There are lots of aspects of physiology and anatomy, and the mental side, that contribute to an elite performance. It’s very difficult to say, ‘yes, she has an advantage because she went through male puberty,’ when there’s so many other factors to take into account,” Budgett continued.
“It’s not simple,” he noted. “Each sport has to make their own assessment depending on the physiology of that sport so that they can ensure there is fair competition, but also the inclusion of everyone – whether they’re male or female – so they are able to take part in the sport they love.”
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