According to a new report from the Telegraph ‘a leading Olympic advisor on trans athletes has admitted that history may judge it “less than ideal” to allow trans women to take part against women in events such as weightlifting.’
Per the report:
Dr Joanna Harper, whose research fed into the International Olympic Committee’s decision to allow trans women athletes to compete against women, admitted her doubts just days before weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to make history on Monday by becoming the first openly trans woman to compete in a solo event at an Olympic Games.
Dr Harper, who is herself a transsexual woman, maintains that hormone treatment for trans women mitigates the advantages of strength they would enjoy competing against women in sporting events.
However Harper said “In most sports, it is probably true that hormone therapy mitigates the advantages, enough. Now, most sports do not necessarily include Olympic weightlifting.”
“And I would admit that of all the sports that I might be concerned with, Olympic weightlifting might be near the top of the list,” she continued.
Harper would still not go as far as to say the Olympic committee made a mistake.
“I don’t believe so. I think that it is possible that history will say that this is a less than ideal decision, but I don’t think it’s a mistake,” she said.
“It doesn’t have to be equal to be fair, all that needs to happen is that the extreme differences need to be mitigated to the point where we can have meaningful competition.,” she added.