A Team GB gold medallist is facing a backlash over a tweet he allegedly shared about transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard.
James Guy, who won two golds and a silver medal at the Tokyo Games, reportedly retweeted a story about the New Zealand weightlifter and remarked: “How’s that fair, put me in the women’s 100 fly then.”
Many people have condemned the Olympian for the ‘offensive’ comment and are now urging Team GB to take action.
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One Twitter user wrote: “Absolutely grim that @TeamGB’s @jimbob95goon has a transphobic pinned to his profile.
“Win all the medals you want, but you won’t be worthy of any respect while you’re using your platform to push a narrative of hate.”
Another added: “She [Hubbard] is literally following @NBCOlympic rules. @TeamGB sort this out.”
Hubbard has been eligible to compete in the games ever since the International Olympic Committee put out guidelines on trans athletes.
Opening up about it in an interview back in 2017, Hubbard said: “The rules that enabled me to compete first went into effect in 2003.
“They are known as the Stockholm consensus with the IOC but I think even 10 years ago the world perhaps wasn’t ready for an athlete like myself – and perhaps it is not ready now.
“But I got the sense at least that people were willing to consider me for these competitions and it seemed like the right time to put the boots on and hit the platform.”
Prior to competing, a petition was put in place to have Hubbard pulled from the Olympic team.
However, it was removed when reviewed by Change.org, as it was deemed to be ‘hate speech’.
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