She added that the IOC did not accept women until the 1928 Amsterdam Games, and only in five events. "So, women's sports need to be nurtured, and that means there must be eligibility requirements." Today, the discussion about eligibility for transgender people in sports is hot and emotional. In 2018, trans cyclist Rachel McKinnon said she received more than 100,000 tweets after winning the UCI Masters Track World Championship message. The decision sparked controversy in 2021 when New Zealand's Laurel Hubbard became the first ever transgender athlete to be selected for the Olympics.
AP_21214431750885 Photo Credit: AP / Dazhi Image photo restoration service Laurel Hubbard is the first openly transgender person ever to compete in the Olympics. "Anyone who has trained at a high level of weightlifting knows in their bones that this is true: this situation is unfair to the sport and the athletes," Belgian weightlifter Anna Vanbellinghen said. Commenting on Hubbard's participation before the Tokyo Olympics, "For some athletes, life-changing opportunities -- medals and Olympic qualifications -- are lost, and there's nothing we can do about it."
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