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First openly transgender Olympic athlete retires

20:45, 03 August 2021
First openly transgender Olympic athlete retires Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa/Global Look Press

Laurel Hubbard the 43-year-old Olympic athlete from New Zealand said that she will retire from the sport.


She also added that she hopes that her starring appearance at the Olympics will soon fade away, as the sports field becomes more and more gender-inclusive.

The athlete said that she never views herself as a star or as a role model, instead, she always regarded herself as an athlete.

"I don't think it should be historic. I think as we move into a new and more understanding world, people are starting to realize that people like me are just people," Hubbard said.

Earlier the participation of the athlete in the Olympics has caused controversy on social media as many questioned whether the presence of the male-born Hubbard disadvantages ordinary women.

"We are human and, as such, I hope that just being here is enough. All I have ever wanted as an athlete is to be regarded as an athlete," she added.

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