IOC Responds to Petition Seeking to Revoke Caitlyn Jenner’s Gold Medal

jenner_635x250_1433441033The International Olympic Committee has made its first statement about Caitlyn Jenner’s transition to a woman, responding to an online petition requesting that the organization, which runs the Olympic Games, revoke the gold medal Caitlyn (then Bruce) won during the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

In its response to the petition, IOC Communications Director Mark Adams tells Yahoo, “Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC.”

The IOC has had difficulty in the past defining the difference between men and women as it pertains to athletic competition. While it’s rare, several athletes — mostly women — have been found to have genetic anomalies which place them somewhere in between traditional labels of “male” and “female.” In 2012, the IOC announced it would allow transgender athletes to compete against their chosen peers, assuming they meet three criteria: the athlete must have had gender reassignment surgery, the athlete must have legal recognition of his or her assigned gender in his or her home country, and the athlete must have completed at least two years of hormone therapy.

In the day since the petition was initiated, more than 10,000 people have signed and the petition’s writer has expanded the goal to 15,000. It appears to be all for naught, however, as the IOC’s statement makes their position pretty clear: Caitlyn Jenner will keep her hard-won medal.

16 thoughts on “IOC Responds to Petition Seeking to Revoke Caitlyn Jenner’s Gold Medal

      • Gad, you argued that:
        We are talking about entering a competition that has rules. One of the rules was that no gender competes with the opposite gender. Now,a woman participated with men unknown to the umpire and the audience knowingly. After 50 years he decides to toe the part of nobility by revealing her true self. Don’t you think the medals should be withdrawn because ab initio, she wasn’t qualified ,gender wise,to enter that tournament?

        Now the IOC has pointed out that she was a man in 1976 and so was perfectly entitled to compete in mens’ events in 1976.

  1. Iranu.

    If it’s so easy to win an Olympic GOLD medal (be it male or female)… all those 10,000 people should go get 1.

  2. This is what we would say in pidgin english… Elah!
    But seriously 10,000 signatures???
    Ɣ ‘all need to get employed

  3. Thanks IOC, leave the petty, hate – filled bigots to stew in their home made pot of misery. Go Kaitlyn (Ex Bruce) ….

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