Games Council To Review Transgender Eligibility

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  • GAMES GENDER CONTROVERSY  NZ weightlifter Laurel Hubbard created a stir as a transgender lifter competing against the women
    GAMES GENDER CONTROVERSY NZ weightlifter Laurel Hubbard created a stir as a transgender lifter competing against the women

The Pacific Games Council will be looking into the eligibility of transgender athletes when they meet to review the report of the XVI Games that just ended  last night in Samoa.

New Zealand transgender athlete, Laurel Hubbard, created a controversial uproar, during the Games when she competed and won two gold medals in weightlifting.

The gold medal wins stirred debate over gender complaints that the lifter should be allowed to compete against the women.

The Games Council President, Mr. Vidhya Lakhan,  announced at the closing ceremony last night that the transgender issue will be reviewed as part of the normal follow up at the end of every Games.

‘There will be consultations to be opened as wide as possible to include international input and all others related to the sport,” Lakhan said.

Hubbard was widely reported to be trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

The Pacific Games is recognised as a qualifying tournament as well prompting the New Zealander to compete in Apia.

Home supporters were enraged by what they argue was unfair competition of a man against women.

The flag bearer for Samoa, Feagaiga Stowers, was placed second after her New Zealand rival in the competition.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi also voiced his concerns and the need for the issue to be addressed properly.