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GOP candidates stand with women defeated by Lia Thomas, condemning ‘the death of women’s sports’

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Republican candidates running for Congress in battleground districts expressed sympathy for Reka Gyorgy, the Virginia Tech swimmer who spoke out after missing out on competing at the NCAA championships due to the inclusion of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, and condemned the NCAA rule allowing male-to-female transgender swimmers like Thomas to compete against women.

“Reka Gyorgy has every right to be upset,” James Rodgers, a former high school football coach and GOP candidate for Texas’ 30th congressional district, told Fox News Digital. “What happened to her is outrageously unfair, and I really feel for The rules meant to protect women in sport are failing to do that anymore, and athletes like Reka are feeling the consequences.”

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Rodgers also claimed that Emma Weyant, the former Olympic medalist who Thomas beat in the 500-yard freestyle last week, should have won the race.

Texas Republican House candidate James Rodgers

“I would also like to congratulate Emma Weyant, whose years of hard work and sacrifice should have culminated as the women’s 500m freestyle champion. Instead, her tremendous sporting achievements were overshadowed and will eventually be forgotten, sacrificed on Altar of Tolerance by individuals who have derided Title IX.”

“Tolerance and empathy should not and should not come by forcing women back into second-class status and second-places,” Rodgers concluded.

Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania awaits a preliminary heat in the NCAA Women's 500-meter Freestyle Swimming Championship Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania awaits a preliminary heat in the NCAA Women’s 500-meter Freestyle Swimming Championship Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

“Female athletes are having their hard work and lifelong dreams snatched away by biological men who aren’t talented enough to be competitive in men’s sports,” said Gina Ciarcia, a mother of five who is running for the Congress in Virginia’s 7th congressional district. Fox News Digital Ciarcia referenced the fact that Thomas, who competed as a man before competing against women, ranked No. 462 in men’s swimming, according to Thomas’ female teammates.

Gina Ciarcia

Gina Ciarcia
(Gina Ciarcia)

“We are witnessing the death of women’s sport before our eyes in the name of a misplaced sense of fairness,” Ciarcia added, noting that two of her five children are 18-year-old twins, a boy and a girl. “My son is 100 pounds heavier than his twin sister; that weight is increased muscle mass and dense bone that only a man can develop.”

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“Stories like Lia Thomas’s discourage young women who dream of one day competing at the highest level of athletics. women’s competitions. sports.”

Steve Gray, a sporty father of two daughters who is running for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th congressional district, said Weyant, Gyorgy and others were robbed of “legitimate victories”.

Steve Gray

“Both my daughters are very competitive athletes,” Gray told Fox News Digital. “My eldest daughter earned a full athletic scholarship to play Division I tennis, so I know very well the work these girls and women do to compete at these high levels.”

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“Emma Weyant, Reka Gyorgy and all the collegiate swimmers who had to compete against Lia Thomas – these girls spent hours learning and mastering their sport, and now we’re stealing wins from them and stealing legitimate wins from them,” said Gray said. “It is simply shameful that politicians, the NCAA and others are more concerned with being politically correct than doing the right thing for our dedicated, biologically female athletes.”

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