The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said no yesterday to a petition by requesting that they take back Jenner’s medals. Jennifer Bradford’s petition argued that since Jenner stated that she always knew she was female she knowingly competed with the wrong gender at the 1976 Olympics.
The IOC Communications Director Mark Adams told Yahoo celebrity news, “Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC.”
A second petition was since started on Change.org demanding that Bradford take her petition down.
Source Trans Athlete The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the governing body charged with overseeing Olympic competition and those events leading up to the Games, became the first athletic body to adopt a policy of inclusion regarding transgender athletes. The IOC’s policy says only those who have:
1. undergone sex reassignment surgery
2. had hormone treatments for at least two years, and
3. received legal recognition of their transitioned sex
can participate consistent with their gender identities (IOC, 2003).
Jenner hadn’t begun transition so there was no infraction.
We’ve come a long ways since 2004 when this article appeared on CNN announcing the IOC conditional acceptance of trans athletes.
IOC Medical Commission Chairman Arne Ljungqvist said that until now cases of gender change in Olympic sports have been rare and have been dealt with individually by the applicable sports federation.
But the number of individuals undergoing sex-change operations has risen, as have the patients’ potential impact on sports, he said in a written statement.
“Although individuals who undergo sex reassignment usually have personal problems that make sports competition an unlikely activity for them, there are some for whom participation in sport is important,” he said.