Piers Morgan slams decision to let trans athlete compete in women’s Olympics

Piers Morgan has furiously slammed the decision to let a transgender athlete compete in women's Olympics.

The outspoken GMB host claims women's sport is suffering because trans athletes compete in female divisions.

Piers' comments come after transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, 41, won two gold medals at the Roma World Cup – the first Olympic qualifying event this year.

But Laurel had previously competed in weightlifting as a man.

She is now hoping to compete at this year's Tokyo Olympics in the women's super-lifting category.

But Piers greeted the decision with much criticism, saying the trans athlete has an unfair advantage over other competitors.

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Piers blasted: "This is insane. Women's rights to basic fairness and equality are getting destroyed at the alter of political correctness."

He took to Twitter to comment on the controversial topic, writing: "Trans women born with biological male bodies have a massive physical advantage against women born with female bodies in any sport where power & strength are significant factors.

"This shouldn't be a contentious claim, it's just a rather obvious fact."

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In 2018, some have accused Laurel – born in Auckland in February 1978 as Gavin – of having an "unfair" advantage, believing her participation rendered the result a formality.

However many others backed her to continue being able to lift.

Laurel transitioned to become female in her 30s and she fulfils all the International Olympic Committee's criteria on gender.

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And Piers' comments about transgender people have been heavily criticised worldwide after his infamous rant on Good Morning Britain that he identified as a penguin.

Piers, 54, asked what was wrong with being "male or female".

When co-star Charlotte Hawkins said that people should be what they wanted to be, Piers insisted that "no they can't".

As Susanna was speaking he interjected, saying: "I'm a penguin! Identifying as a two spirit penguin! Everyone happy with that? Two spirit, gender neutral pan-gender, gender fluid, femme penguin."

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