A biologically male trans-identified powerlifter who broke four world records last month during a women’s weightlifting competition in Virginia has been stripped of titles and medals because organizers say the lifter should have been classified as “male.”
Mary Gregory, who made headlines last month for breaking four women’s records at a 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation event is now “infuriated” after the federation moved to disqualify Gregory’s lifts from its April 27 competition.
Earlier this month, the federation’s president Paul Bossi issued a statement explaining why “no female records will be broken” by Gregory’s lifts.
The explanation came after much media attention was paid to Gregory’s claim on social media of breaking records for females in that weight class in the master’s world squat, open world bench press, masters world deadlift and masters world total.
Bossi explained that the lifter was registered only as a female and gave no indication of transgender status. Because Gregory’s lifts broke records, the federation automatically requires that a drug test be taken to ensure the validity of the lifts.
“The Drug Testing Coordinator for this event performed the drug test at which time it was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a Transgender female,” the statement reads.
In a statement of “facts,” Bossi explained that the federation’s rules and the way it separates lifters by gender are based on “physiological classification rather than identification.”
“On the basis of all information presented to the Board of Directors for this particular case, the conclusion made, is that the correct physiological classification is male,” Bossi wrote. “Since the lifter’s gender classification for the purpose of our rules is not consistent with female, no female records will be broken by these lifts.”
No female competitors were denied placement at the competition because Gregory’s lifts went uncontested for that weight class.
Bossi disclosed that he met with the federation’s board president to discuss the matter on April 29.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith