Equality being taken away

Women are being ordered to wheesht about that man taking a woman’s place at the Olympics.

Former Olympic weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs says females are being told to “be quiet” when they complain about the [un]fairness of transgender New Zealand athlete Laurel Hubbard competing in women’s competitions.

“I’m quite disappointed, quite disappointed for the female athlete who will lose out on that spot,” Lambrechs, who won a bronze medal for New Zealand at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, told TVNZ.

And not just disappointed, but also angry at the injustice of it. But wheesht.

“We’re all about equality for women in sport but right now that equality is being taken away from us.

“I’ve had female weightlifters come up to me and say, ‘what do we do? This isn’t fair, what do we do?’. Unfortunately, there’s nothing we can do because every time we voice it we get told to be quiet.”

So, piling injustice on injustice. Doing it to them and then telling them to shut up when they try to talk about it.

In a statement on Thursday, the IOC said that while committed to inclusion, it was currently reviewing its guidelines to take into account the “perceived tension between fairness/safety and inclusion/non-discrimination”.

“Inclusion” isn’t a value at events like the Olympics – not “inclusion” meaning all shall win, all shall have prizes. The Olympics is a contest, and it’s about as exclusive as it gets. Laurel Hubbard shouldn’t be “included” in the women’s weightlifting competition, because he’s not a woman.

Australia’s weightlifting federation sought to block Hubbard from competing at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast but organisers rejected the move.

Because it’s only women who will lose out, so that doesn’t matter.

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