Right now, the petition has over 13,000 signatures and people can keep on signing, but the IOC says that the fact that Cait competed as a man will not impact her status as an Olympian and they have "no issue" with her gender after her announcement, according to The Independent.
"Bruce Jenner won his gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games and there is no issue for the IOC," the organization's Communications Director, Mark Adams, explained to Yahoo in response to the petition.
"It has recently come to light that gold medalist Bruce Jenner is in fact transgender, and therefore, identifies as a woman," the petition read. "We congratulate Ms. Jenner on these new developments and wish her the best. However, this creates somewhat of a problem as Ms. Jenner (as talented as she is) claims that she has always believed herself to be truly female, and therefore, was in violation of committee rules regarding women competing in men's sports and vice versa."
Not so, according to the IOC's rules for transgender individuals. In October 2003, before the Athens games, a committee met in Stockholm, Sweden and created a new policy that opened the door for transgender athletes, granted they met the following criteria (via CNN):
- Surgical changes must have been completed, including external genitalia changes and removal of gonads.
- Legal recognition of their assigned sex must have been conferred by appropriate official authorities.
- Hormone therapy -- for the assigned sex -- must have been given for long enough to minimize any gender-related advantages in sport competitions, a period that must be at least two years after gonadectomy.
In addition to her gold medal achievement, Caitlyn will also be receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs in July.