Throughout the history of the Olympics, transsexual athletes had been ostracized from the Games, prohibited them from competing with their counterparts. But all that changed for the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. In 2003, the International Olympic Committee came together and drew up new guidelines that allowed transsexual athletes to compete in the Games. These guidelines contained provisions like the completion of all surgical changes, legal recognition of their
assigned sex being confirmed by the appropriate official authorities and hormone therapy being completed for a discretionary period of time. The IOC’s decision to change the rules was widely accepted and applauded by a society that was becoming much more liberal, but some critics raised questions on the guidelines that were put forth. In 2015, the IOC would make adjustments to their initial guidelines, stating that surgical changes in countries where it is illegal would be difficult to overcome and the demand may be a violation of human rights.