New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Ubard will become the first transgender person in history to compete in the Olympic Games.
Ubard was among five weightlifters confirmed yesterday for the New Zealand team for the Tokyo Games.
She will also be the oldest weightlifter in Tokyo.
Ubard won a silver medal at the 2017 World Cup and a gold medal at the Pacific Games two years later. She competed at the Commonwealth Games in 2018 when she suffered a serious injury that set her career back.
“I am grateful for the support I received from the New Zealanders. When I broke my arm at the Commonwealth Games three years ago, I was told that my career was probably over, but your support and your love pulled me out of the darkness,” she said.
Ubard competed as a man until eight years ago. Since then, it has met all the regulations of the International Olympic Committee related to trans athletes.
She will compete in the category up to 87 kilograms at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.