A vile petition calling for transgender athletes to be banned from competing at the Olympic Games has been taken down.

The petition received more than 30,000 signatures ahead of Laurel Hubbard’s Olympic debut as the first openly transgender athlete to compete in the competition.

The disgusting petition alleged that “women and girls are being sacrificed by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) as an easy fix for transgender demands for inclusion”.

It continued: “Male-born athletes who identify as women are taking women’s places on sports teams, breaking women’s sporting records and insisting they must share changing and showering facilities with women.

“This is unfair to women due to the incontrovertible physical advantage that transwomen have.”

The petition was rightly considered hate speech and was taken down by Change.org, according to the Daily Mail.

Hubbard, 43, made Olympic history but failed to record a successful lift in the women’s +87kg weightlifting.

The New Zealander became the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a different gender category to the one in which they were born.

But her completion ended after a failed attempt to lift 120kg and two failed efforts at 125kg in the snatch.

Hubbard said after her exit: “I’m not entirely unaware of the controversy which surrounds my participation at these Games.

“And as such, I would particularly like to thank the IOC, for I think really affirming its commitment to the principles of Olympism and establishing that sport is something for all people, that it is inclusive and is accessible.”

She competed as a male weightlifter before transitioning in 2012 and returning to the sport in 2017.

Her previous accolades include a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships and gold at the 2019 Pacific Games.

Thanks to a rule change introduced by the IOC in 2015, trans athletes are able to compete without the need to remove their testes, as long as their testosterone level in serum is below 10 nanomoles for a minimum of 12 months.

Speaking about being able to compete at the games as her true self, the New Zealander said: “The Olympic Games are a global celebration of our hopes, our ideals and our values,

“I commend the IOC for its commitment to making sport inclusive and accessible.”

IOC medical and science director Dr Richard Budgett said that in order for an athlete to perform at the top level, it takes more than just their physical abilities.

He said: “There are lots of aspects of physiology and anatomy, and the mental side, that contribute to an elite performance.

“It’s very difficult to say, ‘Yes, she has an advantage because she went through male puberty,’ when there are so many other factors to take into account. It’s not simple.

“Each sport has to make their own assessment depending on the physiology of that sport so that they can ensure there is fair competition, but also the inclusion of everyone — whether they’re male or female — so they are able to take part in the sport they love.”

Speaking to Sky News, Joanna Harper, an IOC advisor from Loughborough University, added: “Yes, Laurel has advantages – but within this group of 14 women that she is competing against, Laurel is probably somewhere in the middle of the pack.

“She could theoretically finish anywhere from third to 14th – and isn’t that sort of the definition of fair competition that a lot of things could potentially happen?”

While things may not have gone to plan for Hubbard – she will forever be an inspiration to the transgender community.

We are all so proud of you, Laurel!

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