Piers Morgan slams gold medal-winning transgender weightlifter for destroying women’s right to a fair go as she closes in on a berth at the Tokyo Olympics
Piers Morgan claims women’s sport is suffering because of transgender athletes
He believes transgender women should not to compete in female divisions Trans weightlifter Laurel Hubbard won gold metals at a recent Olympics qualifier
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard with two medals after a competition
Piers Morgan claims women’s sport is suffering because transgender athletes are competing in female divisions.
The UK broadcaster said ‘women’s rights to basic fairness and equality are getting destroyed at the alter of political correctness.’
The comments were in response to reports transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, 41, is one step closer to fulfilling her 2020 Olympic dreams.
The Kiwi athlete, who transitioned from a man to a woman in her 30s, won two gold medals at the Roma World Cup, the first Olympic qualifying event of the year.
She previously competed in weightlifting as a man.
She is hoping to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s super-lifting category.
But Morgan argued her admittance into the division automatically puts every other contender at a disadvantage.
‘Trans women born with biological male bodies have a massive physical advantage against women born with female bodies in any sport where power & strength are significant factors,’ he said.
Laurel Hubbard of New Zealand competes in the Women’s +90kg Final during the Commonwealth Games
‘This shouldn’t be a contentious claim, it’s just a rather obvious fact.’
Male-to-female transgender athletes have been invited to compete in the Olympics since 2016 as long as they hit certain targets, including keeping their testosterone levels to a minimum.