Laurel Hubbard, the first openly transgender olympian, has been cleared by the IOC to compete in the Tokyo games in the women’s division. Hubbard, who was born male has ignited a firestorm of controversy by competing in the women’s division with many calling it unfair.
IOC President Thomas Bach during a news conference “The rules for qualification have been established by the International Weightlifting Federation before the qualifications started. These rules apply, and you cannot change rules during ongoing competitions.”
“At the same time, the IOC is in an inquiry phase with all different stakeholders… to review these rules and finally to come up with some guidelines which cannot be rules because this is a question where there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” Bach said. “It differs from sport to sport.”
“The rules are in place and the rules have to be applied and you cannot change the rules during an ongoing qualification system,” Bach further explained. “This is what all the athletes of the world are relying on: that the rules are being applied.”