Seeing New Zealander Laurel Hubbard stand atop the highest podium at the Pacific Games weightlifting competition puts the imminent decline of women’s sports into sharp focus. Hubbard, 41 years old, held the gold while flanked by Samoa’s Commonwealth Games gold medalist Feagaiga Stowers and Iuniana Sipaia, winners of the silver and bronze, respectively.

This is an interesting conundrum for folks who believe that trans women are women but also believe that it’s not right for the west to impose their ideologies on developing nations. In this case, what is more important? Hubbard’s right to compete as a woman even though bodily Hubbard is male, or Samoa’s right to not have their efforts trounced by rich nations?