The New Zealander’s appearance in the woman’s 87kg+ event sparked much debate, with some rivals suggesting the 43-year-old has an inevitable hormonal advantage having gone through male puberty.
However, Hubbard is in line with International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) rules, where in 2015 it permitted transgender athletes to compete in women’s sport if they have declared their gender identity as female for at least four years and their testosterone levels have been below a certain level for at least a year.
“This is not the first time that I’ve gotten this question so I’d like to address it,” she began. “For context, I’m a female weightlifter that competes in the heavyweight division and there’s currently a transgender woman who’s competing in the super heavyweight division, the division right above me, in the Olympics this week.
“I think a lot of people use this question as an excuse for their bigotry. A lot of people that are concerned about transgender women in sports have not given a flying f*** about me as a female athlete. You don’t care about the inequalities in opportunities, in pay, in airtime... You don’t care about the blatant misogyny that still exists within sports today.”
Mariel added: “Basically people who have not cared one bit about my wellbeing as a female athlete, and are probably the same people who have bullied me, are now concerned about my competitive opportunities as a female athlete because of transgender women.”
Since posting her thoughts, Mariel’s video has gone viral on TikTok and Twitter - with people also sharing what they think about Mariel’s opinion.
Many agreed with the points Mariel made and praised her video.
@DavidPaisley To everyone saying she didn't answer the question: most people asking this question want their biases… https://t.co/HQEBQwHN5m
“Did you stop to think that maybe this isn’t just a physiological debate? That there are a lot of social factors at play as well.
“That being said, most of you transphobic snowflakes don’t even know your own endocrine system...”
“Either side that I choose, whether I say that it’s “fair” or “unfair” that trans women are competing against cis women, all the TERFS and transphobes are gonna take that and twist it on its head to either hurt cis women or hurt trans women.”
At the end of the video, Mariel describes herself as a “feminist who supports trans people.”