President Trump and Hungarian swimmer, Réka György attack trans University of Pennsylvania swimmer, Lia Thomas

In January 2022, former President Donald Trump said he would ban transgender women from participating in women’s sports nationwide if he were re-elected president.  “We will ban men from participating in women’s sports,” during a rally in Conroe, Texas. “So ridiculous.”

Trump specifically criticized Lia Thomas the trans University of Pennsylvania swimmer.  Trump misgendered Thomas, referring to her by the wrong pronouns, and then falsely stated that Thomas broke an 11-year-old swimming record.

Two months later a Hungarian swimmer, Ms. Réka György wrote a public letter attacking Lia Thomas and questioned NCAA Transgender Rules. She is a Hungarian swimmer, born in 1996 in Budapest and received a swim scholarship at Virginia Tech in the US, where she is a member of the swim team.

Trans swimmer Lia Thomas (left) and Hungarian swimmer Réka György

György has complained about the NCAA preliminaries where Thomas won the 500m freestyle and György finished 17th(!) in the race.  Only the first 16 qualify for the finals. (NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association).  György feels that Thomas robbed her the chance to compete in the finals.

György is a 2-time NCAA All-American, and 3-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American. It is worth to mention that after losing her qualifying race, György was the ONLY swimmer criticizing the NCAA Transgender rules.  It is also surprising that while she raced in Hungary she never criticized the Orbán-regime’s appalling homophobia.

President Trump endorsed the re-election of far-right Viktor Orbán and Trump claimed that his endorsement “sky-rocketed” Orbán’s popularity. Trump and Orbán operatives work closely together, Orbán lobbyists are actively lobbying for Trump among Hungarian Americans in the United States.

Viktor Orbán signs the guestbook at the White House with US President Donald Trump in 2019

Coordinated lobby action…or pure coincidence?

You decide.  Here is Réka György’s letter:

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Before you read any further, I’d like to ask that everyone who wants to disseminate my statement would agree to release my statement in full. I do not want any partial releases of my statement and do not with to make further comments.

Dear NCAA,

I would like to address this past week’s events and express my thoughts. First, I would like to remind everyone that I am a human being and that as a human being I experience feelings and emotions.

My name is Reka Gyorgy from Hungary. I am a 2016 Rio Olympian, represented Virginia Tech for the past 5 years, a 2 time ACC Champion, 2 time All-American and 3 time Honorable Mention All-American.

With all due respect, I would like to address something that is a problem in our sport right now and hurting athletes, especially female swimmers. Everyone has heard and known about transgender, Lia Thomas, and her case including all the issues and concerns that her situation brought to our sport. I’d like to point out that I respect and fully stand with Lia Thomas; I am convinced that she is no different than me or any other D1 swimmer who as woken up at 5am her entire life for morning practice. She has sacrificed family vacations and holidays for a competition. She has pushed herself to the limit to be the best athlete she could be. She is doing what she is passionate about and deserves that right. On the other hand, I would like to critique the NCAA rules that allow her to compete against us, who are biologically women.

I’m writing this letter right now in hopes that the NCAA will open their eyes and change these rules in the future. It doesn’t promote our sport in a good way and I think it is disrespectful against the biologically female swimmer who are competing in the NCAA.

I swam the 500 freestyle at NCAA’s on March 17th, 2022 where I got 17th which means I did not make it back to the finals and was first alternate. I’m a 5th year senior. I have been top 16 and top 8 before and I know how much of a privilege it is to make finals at a meet this big. This is my last college meet ever and I feel frustrated. It feels like that final spot was taken away from be because of the NCAA’s decision to let someone who is not a biological female compete. I know you could say I had the opportunity to swim faster and make the top 16, but this situation make it a bit different and I can’t help but be angry or sad. It hurts me, my team and other women in the pool. One spot was taken away from the girl who got 9th in the 500 free and didn’t make it back to the A final preventing her from being an All-American. Every event that transgender athlete competed in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet.

The NCAA knew what was coming this past week. They knew opinions and minds will be divided and chose to do nothing. This week has been more about reporters, media and division in our sport than things like two women going under 21 seconds in the 50 freestyle, 3 women going under 50 seconds in the 100 butterfly and the first women IN HISTORY to go under 49 seconds in the 100 backstroke. Thursday was not a specific athlete’s fault. I tis the result of the NCAA and their lack of interest in protecting their athletes. I ask that the NCAA takes time to think about all the other biological women in swimming, try to think how they would feel if they would be in our shoes. Make the right changes for our sport and for a better future in swimming.

Thank you for reading,
Reka Gyorgy, Virginia Tech swimmer

 

12 Comments

  1. Mr. Lázár,
    Your title is unprofessional or pretty partisan:
    – Réka G didn’t “attack”, as her letter clearly demonstrates, but protested, criticized, appealed, if you prefer, the policy of the NCAA.
    – Cheap tabloid stuff is mixing the oaf windbag Trump in this real issue which stated long ago.

    BTW I firmly stand against allowing male bodied (skeletons, muscles, etc) trans to compete in women’s events, since some small (re sports achievements) plastic, hormone changes and new legal status doesn’t affect their abilities very much.
    The NCAA and other bodies decisions are a disgraceful sacrifice of women’s competitive sport on the altar of political correctness gone grotesque.

  2. Mind you, I was a junior national champion in my youth and I know competition.

  3. Avatar Dr, FODOR ANDRÁS says:

    JÓ NEKÜNK VAGY SEM: ÉN ÖRÜLÖK NEKI

    Lehet, hogy tévedek, de úgy vélem, hogy az őrült GEDERFASIZMUS, amit a jelenlegi amerikai adminsiztráció pártfogol, a nyugati zsidó-keresztény erkölcsi alapokon álló civilizáció végét jelentheti.

    Én nagyon szeretem Amerikát és a Szabad Világot, hiszek benne 1956 óta, s nem szeretném, ha vége lenne.
    .
    Amerikában dől el minden.
    .
    Amerikában pedig két lehetőség van, több egyelőre nincs:

    Vagy a mostani őrüllt öngyilkos szexorientált vonal, ami ugyan liberálisnak nevezi magát, de én semmi közös vonást nem látok az effajta idiotisztikus liberalizmus, amely tagadj a azt a tényt, hogy az ivarmeghatérozás egy genetikailag (XX – XY) meghatározott biológiai és nem “szociológiai” tény, és az általam tanult és vallott Kossuth-Eötvös-Deák-Bibó neveivel fémjelzett igazi történelmi liberailzmus között,

    Vagy a magát konzervatívnak minősíő Trump-féle irányvonal.

    A külpolitikai vonakozása ennek az, hogy Trump “Amerika first” álláspontja – rá rezonál Orbán Viktor “A Jó Isten mindebek felett, Magyarorszlg mindenek előtt” jelszava – olyan ERŐS AMERIKÁT is jelent, amelyik el tudta rettenteni mindeddig a vörösnáci orosz agreszort, míg a bideni “liberális” kül,- és katona politika, pedig – mindenekelőtt a gyáva, szégyenletes afganisztáni cserbenhagyásos pánik-kivonulás miatt – odavezetett, hogy az ürülékházi Putyin Cár Gatyuska vérszemet kapott, embertelen módon megtámadta az eddig semleges Ukrajnát s most itt a III. Világháború freális veszedelme a nyakunkon.
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    Reális veszély, hiszen egy olhan megalomán primiív őrülttel van dolgunk, akit csak a nagyobb erő rettent el, a békevégy aligha.

    Transzgender katonákkal nehlz lesz meg-álítani ezt a ruszki vadállatot…

    A KÉPHEZ A SZÖVEG A RASSZISTA HUNGAROFÓB KANADAI FREE HUNGARIAN PRESS-BŐL VAN, EZZEL A KESERŰ-SZÁJZES, EGYBEN VÁDOLÓ SZÖVEGGEL:
    .
    President Trump endorsed the re-election of far-right Viktor Orbán and Trump claimed that his endorsement “sky-rocketed” Orbán’s popularity. Trump and Orbán operatives work closely together, Orbán lobbyists are actively lobbying for Trump among Hungarian Americans in the United States.
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    Nem hiszem, hogy ezen dől el Amerika sorsa, de azt igen, hogy a jóoldalon állunk, mert a LINCOLN SZOBROT LEDÖNENI ENGEDŐ POLITIKA aligha a Szabad Világ szabadnak maradásámak a garanciája.

    Lázár György “demokratikus” lapjlban nyilvl nem fog megjelenni ez a hozzszólés, de ,egalébbez a hólyag Gyuri meg Christopher elolvassa, bár ebbóen sem vagyok. Elég “néi demokratikus” gyerekek ők. A Free Press csak süket dauma és parasztvakítás.

  4. Avatar Frank Poopoo says:

    Good for them. This should have never been allowed in the first place. Just have a transgender class. If there’s not enough entries then too bad.

  5. Fairness in sport is very important. This problem can easily be fixed. Have a category for trans people.

  6. Avatar Darcy George Carswell says:

    Personally I feel that a transgender person should not be allowed to compete with women in larger events where men usually tend to have an advantage. While I doubt it was intentional in this instance, one could easily argue that a man could undergo a sex change to help him finish a race, weight lifting event ect. by changing his/her gender solely for that purpose. It is also very unfair that a transgender person not be allowed to compete and hopefully there will be categories they can compete in the future, but as it stands right now, they should not be allowed to compete in an event where they have a distinct advantage.
    Hopefully in the future all larger events will have all 3 categories, Male, Female and Trans.

  7. Avatar György Lázár says:

    Dear Observer,

    I had no intention to mislabel… How would you phrase it? I understand you approach …but many, I’m one of them, view that Réka’s letter is a clever “backhanded” attack claiming that Thomas has an unfair advantage.

    Réka knew well that the NCAA won’t change the rules, she has finished at Virginia Tech and looking for a job in Hungary. Her opportunistic targeting trans Lia Thomas earned her the admiration of Trump supporters and I have a feeling that it will earn her a government position in Orbán’s Budapest.

    No American swimmer protested Thomas’s participation.

    • “No American swimmer protested Thomas’s participation.”

      Blatantly false!

      https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2022/02/04/penn-swimmers-take-aim-trans-teammate-anonymous-letter

      “Sixteen swimmers at the University of Pennsylvania sent an anonymous letter to Ivy League and college officials on Thursday expressing their belief that transgender teammate Lia Thomas should not be allowed to compete due to physical advantages,”

      Anonymous, because most people are afraid to speak up because of the fascist behaviour of the neo-Marxist movement that increasingly dominates our society. Most people will become unemployable if they speak up. Reka was free to speak up publically, unlike those girls, precisely because she was returning to Hungary where she can be shielded from your fascist movement. Speaks to the perverse situation we have reached, where girls are afraid to speak up about feeling uncomfortable sharing a shower with a biological male, or about having their opportunities diminished. And it is perverse of you to claim that no one has a problem with this, taking advantage of this climate of fear to make that false claim.

  8. Dear Mr Lázár,

    What about “Swimmer RG sends protest letter to NCAA against transgender participation in women’s events” ?
    And yes, man to woman trans have hugely unfair advantage, as many cases prove.

    Finally, the well considered protest is not “opportunistic” because NCAA wont do anything or because windbag Trump or our Felcsutian genius would like it.

    I read about East Coast (Georgia?) uni athletes protesting.
    The fact that not a single American swimmer protested, IMO is a pretty chilling sign of the intimidating PC in those unis (otherwise someone would have done it just based of the statistical distribution of opinions and political affiliations).

  9. “It is worth to mention that after losing her qualifying race, György was the ONLY swimmer criticizing the NCAA Transgender rules.”

    False, once again!!!

    https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2022/02/04/penn-swimmers-take-aim-trans-teammate-anonymous-letter

    “Sixteen swimmers at the University of Pennsylvania sent an anonymous letter to Ivy League and college officials on Thursday expressing their belief that transgender teammate Lia Thomas should not be allowed to compete due to physical advantages,”

    An example of just how dishonest the author can be.

    It is also yet another example of the climate of fear we are living in right now. The teammates of the Trans swimmer are upset that someone who was born a male and developed as a male is using those physical developmental advantages to sideline them. They are also upset about a Trans swimmer who still has male genitalia, being able to use the same change room and shower facilities that are designated for them. Based on some of their anonymous comments Lia Thomas still has a girlfriend and visibly gets aroused when in the shower with them. Most of them are now no longer changing there. To not be able to protest these issues, out of fear of persecution by the school, as well as later on in life at the hands of prospective employers is just an example of the travesty our society has become.

    On another note, looking at the bigger picture, this is the beginning of the end of girl’s sports. Clearly, Gyorgy Lazar does not have any clue what it takes to earn a swimming or any other college scholarship. It takes a huge commitment. Swimmers start in pre-competition prep programs from a very young age. It takes money, parents driving them to lessons multiple times per week. Then, once they are at high school level, they often go to practice at 6 AM, before school starts. Something tells me the author is simply incapable of processing this fact. Right now, there are countless parents of young girls questioning their commitment to such sports programs. With more and more such “Trans” athletes taking away opportunities for scholarships and so on, this will inevitably become a trend, where mediocre boy athletes at high school level, will simply claim to be Trans in order to secure scholarships. They can always claim they changed their minds after the opportunity is spent and go back to their true selves in public.

    Extremely, one-sided and dishonest as always with this site.

  10. Avatar Andras Boros-Kazai says:

    US swimmers are intimidated enough not to complain about trans choosing to compete in races fixed for them to win.
    Some are still courageous enough to speak (not “attack”) on this matter.
    Your reporting suffers from a serious shortage of fairness.
    But it is good as propaganda for the Left. OK, but then own up to it.

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