Mary Gregory, a transgender powerlifter, has been stripped of her world titles in the women’s squat, bench press, and deadlift, after RAW Powerlifting Federation, the sport’s governing body declared she was “still a man” when the titles were awarded. When Gregory set these records, there was an immediate backlash as many argued she had a biological upper hand.
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On Friday, Paul Bossi, RAW’s Powerlifting Federation President, issued a statement that clarified Gregory “was actually a male” when she set those records.
“It was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a Transgender female. Our rules, and the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather than identification,” he said.
He added: “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.”
Sharron Davies, a former Olympic swimmer, was vocal with her displeasure of Gregory being awarded the record in the first place.
“This is a trans woman a male body with male physiology setting a world record & winning a woman’s event in America in powerlifting. A woman with female biology cannot compete, it’s a pointless unfair playing field.”
According to Unilad, Gregory was on hormone blockers for 11 months before she competed in the competition.
When she was awarded the world records, Gregory thanked the powerlifting federation for the kind treatment she received.
“A huge thank you to [RAW Powerlifting Federation], from the bottom of my heart! As a transgender lifter I was unsure what to expect going into this meet and everyone – all the spotters, loaders, referees, staff, meet director, all made me welcome and treated me as just another female lifter- thank you!” Gregory continued. “And thanks to all the fans in the audience who cheered me on and congratulated me!”
Gregory explained that she was subjected to a urine test before the competition. “I did my business while somebody watched me sitting on the toilet. And so that’s where that statement comes from, because I’m sure she told them, ‘Hey! This girl’s got a penis!’”
It’s unclear if the federation ever specified their gender rules for competitions before Gregory competed. USA Powerlifting held a vote last week that passed 46-5 that now specifies that athletes in transition cannot compete against their “gender identity,” the Daily Wire reported.