German Rower Leaves Olympics After Claims That Boyfriend Is Nazi Sympathizer
08/05/12
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A German Olympic rower has left the Olympic Village following claims that her boyfriend is a member of an extremist political party inspired by the Nazis.

Nadja Drygalla, who had already finished competing at the Games as part of the women’s rowing eight team reportedly left today of her own accord after a 90-minute conversation with German officials.

“Miss Drygalla confirmed credibly her commitment to the Olympic Charter,” the head of Germany’s committee Michael Vesper said, according to Reuters. “She is leaving the Olympic Village so as not to be a burden for the team.”

Media reports said her boyfriend was a leading member of a regional National Socialist group, the “Rostock National Socialists,” and had worked in a state election for the far-right National Democratic Party. Germany’s intelligence agency describes the NDP as racist, anti-Semitic and inspired by the Nazis.

The German rowing federation reportedly said in a statement that it welcomed Drygalla’s decision to leave early and would investigate the matter after the Olympics.

Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee said Drygalla had done nothing wrong at the Games, according to Reuters.

“There is no issue for us regarding the rower. I have seen the report. But as far as the Games are concerned, she has not done anything wrong,” Adams said, reported Reuters.

Drygalla’s early departure from London is not the first time that racism has been a topic of conversation during the 2012 Olympics. Before the Games even got underway, Greek triple jumper Voulu Papachristou was expelled from her national team for a racist tweet.

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08/09/2012 - 05:11

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My dear Friends,
It saddens me greatly to see history being repeated. Has the world not learned enough of the horrors of history and that brought at the hands of socialists, communists, fascists, and totalitarians? As a Christian I pray that God will keep Israel and the United States safe, but he does expect us to do our part as well. We MUST educate or children of the horrors of socialism, communism, and fascism. Our very survival depends on it. We must stand firm and not back down when challenged, for we are not aggressors, but we are defenders of liberty and life. To think that someone has such hate and intolerance in their hearts as to represent their countries with links to radical left-wing parties is unfathomable. The Olympics are to be a place of respect, sportsmanship, and dignity. I pray for God to work His will in the hearts of man, before He brings His wrath upon us all.

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