Members of the Australian Senate and Women’s Rights Group


Australian Senator Claire Chandler has criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for allowing transweight lifters to participate in the women’s weightlifting category at the Tokyo Olympics.

Born as a man, New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard took the place that 18-year-old Robin Detenamo would have won without the IOC’s trans-inclusion policy, according to Chandler and FairPlay for Women, a British women’s rights group. .. ..

It was the first time in 20 years that a woman from Nauru, a small island in the Pacific Ocean, participated in the Olympics.

“Competitive sports are not participatory, not to mention the Olympics, but what we saw was … a sub-elite lifter, the world’s smallest country competing in the wrong gender and wrong weight categories. The IOC can call itself inclusive, “Chandler told the Australian Senate last week.

Chandler said the decision to allow Hubbard’s competition was “unfair,” the IOC used political correctness to avoid dissent, refute scientific evidence, and transgender women in the women’s sports category. Said that it undermines the possibility of controlling.

“We can’t have a clear example of why we run women’s and men’s sports separately, and why it’s so unfair to women athletes to put men in their category.” She said.

Claire Chandler
On July 23, 2019, Liberal Party of Australia Senator Claire Chandler will give a maiden speech in the Senate room of the Capitol in Canberra, Australia. (AAP Image / Mick Tsikas)

“If Hubbard is good enough, it’s easy to overlook the fact that there are Olympic events specially designed for weightlifters weighing 109 kilograms or more,” Chandler said. He said he was concerned.

She may also be shocked by Sprinter, who was disqualified for leaving the block a millisecond earlier, but “these athletes haven’t gained a fraction of the benefits of men competing in women’s sports. “.

Chandler was not the first to make this argument.UK Women’s Rights Group Fair play for women Detenamo pointed out the same thing last month, noting that he lost one of the 14 places available in the women’s weightlifting category over 87 kg “to free up space” for Hubbard.

The organization revealed that Hubbard “could not compete in Tokyo 2020 in a category that matched gender and size.” This is because the best performance of a kiwi weightlifter in qualifying is 285kg, which is “the average weight lifted by half a man”. [Hubbard’s] Size “(61-67kg).

Fair play for women posted On twitter The photo of Detenamo is written as follows. “This Robin Detenamo from Nauru in the South Pacific. She was supposed to be the first woman from her country to compete in the Olympics in 20 years, but IOC rules allow men to compete in her women’s category. She is allowed to watch the game from home. “

The IOC did not answer the question that Detenamo was defeated by Hubbard, but Hubbard said he “qualified under the eligibility rules under the 2015 IOC Agreement Statement.” Trans-inclusion guidelines.

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Screenshots of the FairPlay For Women website analyzing Hubbard’s performance compared to heavy weightlifters for men and women.

“According to the Olympic Charter, it is the International Federation (IF) that defines the qualifications of athletes in sports,” their press told The Epoch Times.

“The IOC is developing new guidance to enable athletes to participate in safe and fair competition, regardless of gender identity or gender characteristics.”

The elite sports organization also added that it “confirmed a considerable tension between the concept of fairness and inclusion and the desire and need to protect the women’s category,” adding that it aims to “balance all of these.” I am.

Gender politics and scientific evidence

Experts have allowed the IOC to compete in the women’s category for athletes who have “transitioned from men to women”, provided that testosterone levels are less than 10 nanomoles per liter for at least the first 12 months before the first. Competition that suggested that gender politics made its debut at the 2015 Olympics that began.

However, this nominated level is about 5 times Higher than the average biological female of 0.3-2.4 nmol / L.

Sports medicine The study also showed that male-born athletes receiving hormone therapy have “significant” physiological advantages over females at comparable levels of exercise. In addition, the benefits of male genes, hormonal systems, and adolescence do not disappear easily, especially if lowering testosterone levels affects intensity by only about 5% per year.

However, for the first time in history, the Olympic Commission has called for increased censorship of science-related information in media coverage on gender diversity issues, and recently asked journalists at the event to take 20-page media guidelines from LGBT + groups. Is warning. They use correct pronunciation, avoid the use of the term “biological male / female”, and avoid focusing on medical issues.

Chandler said these guidelines are an attempt to “blurr” these facts, and the notion that “running women’s sports on the basis of gender identity is more comprehensive than gender” is evidence-based. Said not.

“It’s worrisome to see activists and sports administrations, including here in Australia, twisting and changing the very meaning of the word,” Senator said. She added that labeling biological male-female discussions as “aggressive” is a way to “remove the words women need to disagree.”

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China’s Chen Lijun will compete in Weightlifting-Men’s 67kg Group A on the second day of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

Joanna Harper, IOC Panel Transgender Member, Admitted In 2019, we believe that the physical benefits of transgender women to biological women are “certainly present” but “not as great as sociological shortcomings” and therefore “not necessarily unfair”. rice field.

Harper’s claim is that there is no biological gender and that it should be replaced by a “subjective and unverifiable” self-sensation. It is rooted in the theory of identity. Cathy Devine of the University of Cumbria study In June.

Devine also said that it reflects post-modernist feminist theory, which sees gender as a “socially constructed” role in a hierarchical binary system.

Nina Nguyen