New Zealand’s   Laurel Hubbard  waves after a failed lift in the women’s +87kg weight-lifting competition in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Doug Mills/The New York Times

History was made on a Tokyo evening of superhuman strength and simmering tension as Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weightlifter from New Zealand, becam(...)

USA’s Raven Saunders gesturing on the podium after winning the  Olympic silver medal in the women’s shot put  in Tokyo.  Photograph:  Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

The Irish women’s hockey team took the knee just before the final game in their Pool A match against Britain last week. The British team also made the(...)

Kristen Worley and professional golfer and trans rights campaigner Mianne Bagger address guests during a Speak Out event. Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage

Everyone knows it’s hard to be the first. The first to stand up and speak, the first to stand up and be different, the first to stand up and ask to be(...)

  New Zealand’s Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete against cisgender  women at the Olympic Games. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

We’ve been trying to educate ourselves this week by listening to sports scientist Ross Tucker. Tucker has worked with World Rugby and other organisati(...)

Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympic Games after she was selected for the New Zealand team. File photograph: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday defended the selection of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for the Tokyo Olympics, a decis(...)

 New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard was confirmed as the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the Olympic Games when Kiwi officials named her in the squad for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. File photograph: Getty Images

Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will become the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by New Zealand for the women’s (...)

 Japan’s Naomi Osaka: Watch tennis do nothing when Wimbledon comes around, Osaka stewing in tabloid headlines.  Photograph:  Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

When Naomi Osaka showed vulnerability, her sport put her in a headlock and drilled its knuckle into her forehead. Sport is what sport does. For all of(...)

Sources claim it is unlikely that a new consensus position would be reached before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Photograph: Getty Images

Plans by the International Olympic Committee to introduce stricter guidelines for transgender athletes before the Tokyo 2020 Games have run into the s(...)