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PH Weightlifting President Requests Banning Transgender Athletes

PH Weightlifting President
James Francisco

Appearing before the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development last November 15, 2023, Samahang Weightlifting ng Pilipinas president Monico Puentevella motioned for a bill to exclude transgender athletes in Philippine sporting events. 

The former mayor and congressman of Bacolod City classified it as a recurring issue on the international front of weightlifting (together with doping), seeking the assistance of another congressman in implementing the bill.

“I would like to request that another congressman can file a bill not allowing transgender [people] in Philippine sports,” Puentevella mentioned.

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A means of alignment with internationally organized tourneys, the chairperson of the House Committee, Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III, adhered to Puentevella’s sentiments, emphasizing “fair competition” and the need to segregate athletes based on their gender conception category. Considering the advantages of males compared to females and vice versa, there is a notable discrepancy from the get-go.

Tokyo 2021 witnessed New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard, the first openly transgender female Olympic weightlifter, fail to register a lift in the women’s +87 kg category.

Allowing transgender athletes to compete in the opposite category of which they were born poses a polarizing issue, with the globe expressing varied sentiments on the topic.

Puentevella’s petition to prohibit transgender participants aligns with a decision from World Athetics’ (the governing body for track and field and other related running competitions), which came to fruition in early 2023. The technicality bans female participants who underwent male puberty (either beyond Tanner Stage 2 or after age 12) and must abide by a maintained concentration of testosterone.

This decision similarly abides by the structure of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and the World Aquatics (FINA), with the latter introducing an “Open” category to tend to such participants.

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Careen Magdaraog
Careen Magdaraog
4 months ago

Definitely.A male is always a male.If he / she enters or compete with a woman , it would be unfair and surely he will dominate the sports.

John Piermont Montilla
John Piermont Montilla
4 months ago

The commission should create separate categories for trans athletes for various sports. That is the solution for gender inclusive sports.

Gilbert Castillo
Gilbert Castillo
4 months ago

Request is a mild word DEMAND is the rightful one. We aught to comply with what is right and not be forced to conform to what is wrong. Popularity and public clamor is not always right. Imagine Mike Tyson having sex change and joining the women’s boxing that would be disastrous for the opponents. SO IS WITH any sports involving force and strength.

reybert villanueva
reybert villanueva
4 months ago

Tama lang naman, Tulad ng sinabe ni Careen Magdaraog. Take note MISS UNIVERSE ? Pa ba ang Tawag sa Miss Universe ? Kung ako may Anak , Apo , Pamangkin na Babae Hindi ko hahayaang Sumali Dyan sa Miss Universe sa Kasalukuyan ! Godspeed !

Ron Chambers
Ron Chambers
4 months ago

I’m a duel American and Philippines duel citizen and I’m a serious weight lifter. I totally agree that transgender weight lifters should not be able to compete in transgender weightlifting events. If you have any questions for me you can reach me at [email protected].

vergel arios
vergel arios
3 months ago

BALIKTAD NA ANG MUNDO GINAGAWA NYUNG BABAE YUN LALAKE

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