Backlash from Australia against transgender weightlifter

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 24 November 2017Family First Comment: It was always going to end in tears…#DenyingBiologyAustralia’s weightlifting chief says New Zealand’s selection of transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard will create an uneven playing field at next year’s Commonwealth Games.Hubbard, who will compete in the 90kg-plus division on the Gold Coast, will be the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand at a Commonwealth Games.As Gavin Hubbard, the 39-year-old was a national junior record-holder in the male 105kg class before she transitioned into a woman in her mid-30s.Rival athletes complained that she had an unfair advantage after she won gold at the Australian Open this year, lifting 123 kilos in the snatch and 145 kilos in the clean and jerk.Australian Weightlifting Federation chief executive Michael Keelan on Friday claimed Hubbard would have both a physiological and mental edge over her rivals.“We’re in a power sport which is normally related to masculine tendencies … where you’ve got that aggression, you’ve got the right hormones, then you can lift bigger weights,” he told AAP.READ MORE: unhappy with inclusion of transgender athlete in NZ teamRadio NZ News 24 November 2017The selection of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the Commonwealth Games doesn’t sit well with one of her teammates.Hubbard, 39, is the first transgender sportsperson to represent New Zealand.She was cleared by the International Olympic Committee and International Weightlifting Federation to compete against other female lifters.Hubbard, who will compete in the 90kg class, became the first transgender athlete to win an international weightlifting title for New Zealand in Australia earlier this year but her victory didn’t go down well with rivals who said she had an unfair advantage having previously competed as a man.Earlier in her career she was a national junior record-holder in the male 105kg class before she transitioned in her mid-30s.Tracey Lambrechs, who won a bronze medal at the Glasgow Games, has been forced to drop down a class with the arrival of Hubbard on the women’s weight lifting scene and Lambrechs was also uncomfortable with Hubbard being able to compete.“I feel there is an unfair advantage even though it is within all the regulations… all I can hope is that they look into it and make a more educated judgement,” Lambrechs said.Lambrechs is disappointed the selection of the 12-strong weighlifting team is being overshadowed by the inclusion of Hubbard, but accepts it is an unusual situation.“I am glad that people can come out and live their lives and be happy but when it comes to a professional sporting environment it gets a bit trickier.“[She] is lifting a lot more than what the other women are… so personally I do think there is an unfair advantage.”Lambrechs was also concerned about the impact the international media attention could have on the team at the Games.READ MORE: read more

Liverpool announce Shamrock fixture

first_img They last faced Rovers, from whom they signed full-back Jim Beglin in 1983, 32 years ago. “We are looking forward to coming back to Dublin again this year,” said Billy Hogan, Liverpool’s chief commercial officer. “The club enjoys incredible support in Ireland and we thank the Football Association Ireland for their support in staging the game.” The game will be played at the Aviva Stadium, where the Reds faced Celtic in pre-season last summer, on May 14. Liverpool have pledged to send a first-team squad but no players set to feature in this summer’s World Cup will be involved. Liverpool have announced a post-season fixture against Shamrock Rovers in Dublin. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ranji trophy: Meghalaya vs Sikkim tie ends draw

first_imgStaff CorrespondentShillong: Meghalaya recorded the sixth highest Ranji Trophy score in their plate group match against Sikkim in Bhubaneshwar on New Year’s Day, finally declaring on an incredible 826/7 after batting 171.4 overs.However, waiting until Gurinder Singh reach his century (101 not out) ate up time that could have been used in trying to bowl out Sikkim and the match ended in a draw today.“I’m unhappy at the decision to prolong declaration of the first innings on the third day, which led to a draw, thus depriving us of valuable points,” the Meghalaya Cricket Association’s Honorary Secretary Naba Bhattacharjee said. “Individual glory is great but not above greater interest of team Meghalaya,” he added.Sikkim had made 219 all out in their first innings. By the end of the second day of the match Meghalaya had amassed 555/3, with Punit Bisht having hit a triple century.Bisht would eventually be dismissed yesterday for 343 and he thus became the eighth highest scorer in the Ranji Trophy.Apart from Bisht, there were also centuries for Raj Biswa (175), Yogesh Nagar (148) and Gurinder in Meghalaya’s massive innings, which was declared before tea yesterday.Sikkim’s batsmen offered much stronger resistance in their second innings and lost only four wickets in their innings of 304 before close of play on the final day today.Gurinder took 3/84, while Aditya Singhania bagged 1/31. With a first innings lead, Meghalaya earned three points, while Sikkim took one.Meghalaya thus end their first season of the Ranji Trophy with four wins, two draws and two defeats.Also Read: J&K thrash Assam in Ranji trophylast_img read more

Puhalo defended his Title of WBF Champion!

first_imgAt the “Sarajevo Fight Night 2” B&H boxer Edin Puhalo alias Iron Puki delighted all fans of box in the Youth Centre and in front of the screens with top quality and attractive boxing.Our professional boxer and member of the sports camp “Peljto” defended his title of WBF intercontinental champion in the match against Branislav Plavsic from Serbia, who had 9 matches in his professional career.Iron Puki ended the match by knocking out his opponent in the second round, thus recording his 7th victory in the professional ring, out of which 6 were by knockout.“This was the best match in my career, because I had a top quality opponent who is tough and strong boxer. I moved my limits and thanks to the good work of the coaches and the support of my country I can reach the European top soon. I am in top form and thanks to that I was able to resolve the match in the second round, by taking advantage of a moment of negligence of Serbian boxer. I want to thank to my friends and family who were with me, my sponsors and of course the coach Mensur Peljto,” said Puhalo.After this triumph, fans of boxing agreed that Iron Puki is currently one of the best BH boxers along with Damir Beljo.“I like the praises and when people compare me with Damir Beljo. He is my friend, a top athlete and a great man. He made something incredible for our conditions. But none of this happened overnight. Of course, I will not stop on this victory. I have big plans, and the European championship is my goal. I wish to make a boxing spectacle in Sarajevo one day and fill the great hall Skenderija. I think I’m on the right track,” said Puhalo.(Source: read more