The IOC has said it is committed to inclusion

A couple of weeks ago:

Allowing transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to compete in the women’s competition at the Tokyo Olympics would be like letting athletes dope and may set a dangerous precedent for future Games, Samoa’s weightlifting boss told Reuters.

Like letting athletes dope only worse, because it’s 37 years of more testosterone.

Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork coaches Samoa’s Commonwealth Games champion Feagaiga Stowers and is concerned Hubbard’s presence in the super-heavyweight division at Tokyo could deny the small island nation its second Olympic medal.

Sorry, small island nations go to the wall.

The IOC has said it is committed to inclusion regardless of gender identity and sexual characteristics but is also updating its guidelines.

This stupid word “inclusion” needs to be banished from discussions of this kind. Sport is all about exclusion, by its nature – there is winning and there is losing. Sport is competitive, and with competition you get exclusion. The IOC isn’t “committed to inclusion” at all – it doesn’t include everyone. A very small select few get to compete in the Olympic games; they’re about as exclusive as it gets.

So why are they carving out an exception for one man who claims to be trans? (I don’t believe he is trans, I think he’s just taking advantage.) Why is just this one purported mental state an exception to the rule that otherwise governs billions of people? They never say, they just repeat the stupid words.

Wallwork coached Samoa’s only Olympic medallist Ele Opeloge to weightlifting silver at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Doping robbed Opeloge and Samoa of the podium moment, however, with the medal only awarded eight years later after a re-analysis of drug test samples disqualified the bronze and silver medallists.

Ah that’s nice, so now the IOC is doing it to them all over again.

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