The World Forum - April 21st, 2024

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Male powerlifter protests Canada's woke gender self-ID laws by saying he's a woman, then entering female contest and smashing bench press record


This is the moment a male coach claims to be a woman and smashes the female bench press record at a powerlifting competition in Canada.

Bearded Avi Silverberg is shown calmly approaching the bench in men's clothing as part of a protest against gender self-identification policies in sport.

Silverberg then unofficially breaks the female bench press record for the 84+ kilograms women's category, which was a 270lbs press officially set by a trans lifter.

The move, which took place Saturday at the Heroes Classic tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta, was apparently designed to protest rules outlined by the Canadian Powerlifting Union.

Silverberg has yet to comment on his decision to enter the contest and subsequent victory.  

It allows anybody who self-identifies as a woman to compete in the female category, sparking concerns trans women who've gone through male puberty may have a considerable physical advantage over biological female rivals. 

The CPU released its 'trans inclusion policy' in February which was based on guidance from the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport.