NFL Legend Brett Favre recently weighed in on the transgender debate, arguing that it is remarkably “unfair” for biological women to compete against transgender athletes in the Olympics weight lifting competition.
As noted by Favre, it is not fair at all for a man, even if the man “feels compelled” to be a woman, to compete against female athletes. Favre emphasized that he had no issues with transgender individuals, but he also crisply stated that “males cannot compete against females.”
In 2015, the International Olympic Committee decided to change its longstanding rules in order to allow transgender athletes to compete across various divisions that are not reflective of their biological sex. Thus, for those individuals who choose to transition from female to male can compete without any restrictions whatsoever, whereas individuals who choose to transition from male to female must present total testosterone levels of under 10 nanmoles per liter, for at least a calendar year before the commencement of the Olympic games.
Favre made his remarks after recent news regarding Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old New Zealander who transitioned from male to female in her 30s, who will compete in the upcoming heavyweight, 87-kilogram competition in the Tokyo Olympics. After the announcement, many veteran athletes raised major concerns over the “unfair advantage” that Hubbard would have over other female weightlifters.
Prior to her transgender transition, Hubbard was a highly successful weightlifter and broke records in the male 105-kilogram class. According to Australian Weightlifting Federation Chief Executive Michael Keelan, Hubbard’s previous experience illuminates how she now has immense physical and psychological advantages over other biologically female weightlifters.
Keelan notes that former males who lifted weights prior to their transition will already known “psychologically” that they have lifted those weights in the past, which means they are more likely to lift them again in the future, even after the transition.
“I personally don’t think it’s a level playing field. That’s my personal view, and I think it’s shared by a lot of people in the sporting world,” Keelan continued.
Favre also laid into Chelsea Wolfe, a transgender BMX rider who openly proclaimed that her principal motivation for winning the Olympics is to have the chance to burn an American flag on the podium.
Favre suggested such an attitude is a total “slap in our country’s face,” and he also cannot believe that they would still be allowed “to participate for our country.”