One argument for the inclusion of males who identify as women in women’s sport is that it could encourage women to try harder. This is the argument of Dr Beth Jones, a senior psychology lecturer at Nottingham Trent University, who maintains that there is no conclusive evidence that testosterone improves performance. When asked on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour in 2018 about the possibility that women might be pushed out of sport by men, she responded: ‘if women are in a mixed team they might push themselves even more to achieve even more.’ She added that ‘women would perhaps up their performance’ if competitions were not segregated by sex.
The inclusion of Hubbard in the women’s weightlifting category will certainly be an entertaining spectacle – there is nothing more delicious than watching the wokerati choke on reality. But the cost will weigh heavily on women athletes, whose dedication and skill will be annihilated by the presence of Hubbard. The name of the woman denied a place by Hubbard qualifying is Kuinini ‘Nini’ Manumua. She’s half Hubbard’s age, and Tokyo would have been her first Olympics.