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How the transgender Olympic athlete is causing divide

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History will be made at the Tokyo Olympics this year, with a transgender New Zealand athlete set to compete.

Meet weightlifter Laurel Hubbard – the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics after being selected by New Zealand for the women’s event at the Tokyo Games.

Hubbard will compete in the super-heavyweight 87-kg category, her selection made possible by updated qualifying requirements.

The 43-year-old, will also be the oldest lifter at the Games.

Hubbard had competed in men’s weightlifting competitions before transitioning in 2013.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,”

Hubbard said in a statement issued by the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) on Monday.

Hubbard has been eligible to compete at Olympics since 2015, at a time when the International Olympic Committee issued guidelines allowing any transgender athlete to compete as a woman provided their testosterone levels are below 10 nanomoles per litre for at least 12 months before their first competition.

“I am grateful and humbled by the kindness and support that has been given to me by so many New Zealanders,”

The decision is set to fuel the debate over inclusion and fairness in sport.

Though Hubbard has been welcomed into the games, some scientists have stated that the guidelines do little to mitigate the biological advantages of those who have gone through puberty as males, including bone and muscle density.

Advocates for transgender inclusion argue the process of transition decreases that advantage considerably. They say that physical differences between athletes mean there is never a truly level playing field.

The New Zealand government shown its support

The New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson says the government supports Hubbard’s selection to compete in the games.

“Laurel is a member of New Zealand’s Olympic team. We are proud of her as we are of all our athletes, and will be supporting her all the way,”

The New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson supports Hubbard.

Tokyo Olympics creeps closer

The Tokyo Olympics will start on Friday July 23 2021 after being postponed due to coronavirus.

There has been concern over the safety of the games, with many stating the event should be canceled entirely.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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Chiefs secure back-to-back Super Bowl titles against 49ers

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Will Patrick Mahomes be hailed as one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history? 

The Kansas City Chiefs emerged victorious once again, defeating the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 to claim their second consecutive championship.

The high-stakes game kept fans on the edge of their seats as both teams showcased exceptional skill and determination.

The 49ers, known for their strong defence, put up a formidable fight, but the Chiefs’ offensive prowess ultimately proved too much to handle.

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Quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the Chiefs with a stellar performance, showcasing his prowess with strategic passes and crucial touchdowns.

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As the confetti rained down on the Chiefs, celebrations erupted both on the field and among fans worldwide, marking another historic moment in the team’s legacy.

With this victory, the Chiefs solidified their status as a dominant force in the NFL, leaving fans eagerly anticipating what the future holds for this powerhouse team.

The Chiefs join the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s, the Dallas Cowboys of the 1990s and New England Patriots of the 2000s and 2010s as the only NFL teams to have won three Super Bowls in a five-year span.

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Amazon targets bankrupt Diamond Sports for streaming rights

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Amazon considers acquisition of Diamond Sports as part of its plan to expand streaming portfolio

Sources suggest that Amazon is eyeing the streaming rights for major sports leagues including MLB, NBA, and NHL, signalling the tech giant’s strategic move into the lucrative world of live sports broadcasting.

The potential deal with Diamond Sports would provide Amazon with a significant foothold in the sports streaming market, allowing the company to offer a comprehensive range of live sports content to its Prime Video subscribers.

This move aligns with Amazon’s broader strategy to diversify its entertainment offerings and attract a wider audience. The acquisition of streaming rights for popular sports leagues could make Amazon a major player in the competitive streaming landscape.

Industry experts speculate that Amazon’s interest in Diamond Sports is driven by the desire to capture the growing market for live sports streaming, a segment that has gained immense popularity in recent years.

The acquisition would not only give Amazon access to a vast library of sports content but also position the company as a formidable competitor to traditional broadcasters in the live sports broadcasting arena.

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Disney’s sport streaming goals

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Disney’s ESPN may achieve a $24 billion valuation; potential suitors could involve Apple and Verizon.

In a recent financial report, Bank of America suggests that Disney’s ESPN could be on the verge of reaching a staggering $24 billion valuation. This eye-catching figure has sparked interest from potential buyers, with technology giants Apple and telecommunication leader Verizon being touted as likely contenders.

The valuation surge is attributed to ESPN’s successful digital transition, with streaming services, exclusive sports content, and expanding international markets contributing to its growth. Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s sports networks further boosted ESPN’s portfolio, making it an attractive asset for prospective buyers.

Apple, known for its foray into content creation with Apple TV+, could leverage ESPN’s sports content to expand its media empire. Meanwhile, Verizon, with its vast telecom infrastructure and distribution capabilities, could use ESPN to enhance its content offerings and engage a broader customer base.

This development marks a pivotal moment in ESPN’s history, and its future owner could redefine the landscape of sports broadcasting. As the valuation continues to climb, all eyes are on the potential suitors and the ensuing negotiations.

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