New Zealand Olympic Committee president Mike Stanley has defended the selection of transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard for next year's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast, following her two silver medals at the world championships in America this morning.
Hubbard, 39, will become the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand at the games next year, drawing criticism from the head of Australia's weightlifting federation.
Speaking to 1 NEWS today, Stanley said that the NZOC will back Hubbard unconditionally, having met all of the criteria for selection.
"Our policy is quite clear in the New Zealand Olympic Committee," he said.
"If athletes are eligible to compete, by their international federation, and they're eligible to represent New Zealand, then we welcome them to our team."
"She'll (Hubbard) be treated like any other athlete in the team, and that's how we'll be managing that."
Stanley also spoke about the inevitable reaction that's followed Hubbard, now being raised across the ditch.
"There will always be some discussion - It's a new thing and people are going to voice an opinion about it."
"Our job, will be to make sure we have a performance environment around Laurel, so she can compete to her very, very best."