The IOC has issued a statement in which they stated “there is no issue” with regards to the recently transitioned Caitlyn Jenner keeping her gold Olympic medals.
The International Olympic Committee will not be revoking Caitlyn Jenner’s Olympic medal, the organisation confirmed on Thursday (4th June). The IOC issued their first statement concerning Caitlyn Jenner’s transition to a woman after an online petition called for Jenner’s medal to be revoked after she revealed her true self on the cover of Vanity Fair at the beginning of this month.
"Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC,” IOC Communications director Mark Adams told Yahoo.
Jenner won a gold medal in men’s decathlon at the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976. The petition on Change.org called for the IOC to revoke Jenner’s medal as the creator of the petition claimed Jenner, who identified as a woman, had been completing in the men’s category.
Although there have been some similar attacks on Jenner since her transition, the majority of social media users have been supportive of her. Furthermore, the sporting word has also been supportive. ESPN announced Jenner would be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYS in July. ESPN’s decision has also attracted criticism with some fans as they hoped the award would go to Lauren Hill, a basketball fan who raised money for cancer research after she was diagnosed with the disease, or an injured Iraq War veteran, Noah Galloway, who continues to participate in extreme sports.
In response to the criticism ESPN released a statement in which they emphasised how courage could be displayed in different ways:
“The Arthur Ashe Courage Award is meant to honor individuals whose contributions transcend sports through courageous action. Sometimes that courage is demonstrated over the course of a lifetime and sometimes it is demonstrated in a single act that shines a light on an important contemporary issue. At all times, there are many worthy candidates. This year, we are proud to honor Caitlyn Jenner embracing her identity and doing so in a public way to help move forward a constructive dialogue about progress and acceptance.”