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Olympic committee announce new logo to accommodate transgender athletes
TOKYO, JAPAN – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that they are adapting to historic Olympic logo to incorporate the inclusion of transgender athletes.
The move comes as the transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard became the first transgender athlete to compete after being selected for the New Zealand women’s weightlifting team.
President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, announced the change as part of the committee’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“We are proud to present the new Olympic logo which recognises a range of athletic expressions beyond the binary.”
“The rings used to represent the continents, but in the exciting new world as global citizens we decided that gender identity was far more important.”
“We are also considering adding 72 more rings in an attempt to represent all the other genders as well.”
The new logo will be unveiled as a feature of the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, and the qualification window has been extended for an expected influx of previously excluded transgender athletes.
“The Olympics are about the absolute best, and we are excited for all the new world records that are about to be set – particularly in the women’s sports,” Bach continued.
“Since the announcement there have already been a significant number of new transgender entrants in woman’s basketball, ice hockey and rugby.”
“Woman’s wrestling appears also to be particularly popular, but weirdly a number of competitors withdrew when realising that the entire women’s wrestling competition had now become mostly transgender.”
It is further reported however that some LGBTI+ activists have complained about the new logo, arguing that it was still discriminatory for not having enough rainbow and that there should also be expulsion for any athlete who questioned the changes.