Laurel Hubbard from New Zealand is about to participate in the Tokyo Olympics. She is a weightlifter and she is transgender. This means that she is a girl, but she was born in the body of a boy.
This is the first time a transgender person has participated in the Olympics. This is her action:
In 2013, Hubbard still participated in the men’s competition. So now she joins women.
Some people criticized this decision. They said it was unfair for Hubbard to join these women. Being born in a boy’s body will give her too many advantages. But according to the New Zealand Olympic Committee, it is important that everyone can participate.