Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard has returned to the New Zealand team. She will represent her country at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia in April 2019.
Hubbard took a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, amid some controversy about whether transitioning from male to female gave her an advantage over born-female athletes. She then picked up an injury at the 2018 Commonwealth Games that prevented her from completing the competition.
The Arafura Games is a bronze-level qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A result in Darwin would keep Hubbard eligible for qualification and raise the possibility of Olympic participation that would be sure to create debate.