German rower leaves Olympics over far-right ties

By JTA
August 4, 2012 09:21

 
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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 Friday 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.

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