Nazi-Boyfriend Allegations Causes German Olympic Rower to Leave London

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterAugust 3, 2012

Photo Credit: SportsGrid
Photo Credit: SportsGrid

German rower Nadja Drygalla nearly came and went from the London Olympics with minimal attention despite allegations her boyfriend is a neo-Nazi. 

Emphasis needs to be placed on the nearly and minimal

The Guardian reports (h/t SportsGrid) Drygalla has decided to head home early right after wrapping up her competitive duties with the German rowing team. 

Her decision came after a 90-minute conversation with German officials, when it was decided it was best she leave London because her boyfriend is allegedly a "member of the 'Rostock National Socialists' and had fought a state election for the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD)."

I imagine this news could have come as quite the blemish to the rest of the German team, even though this is a mere allegation of one team member who is supposedly dating another with ties. 

But nothing is taken to chance with image, especially when you consider these particular London Games. 

This comes on the heels of several athletes catching fire for racist tweets that saw them sent home from the Olympics in shame. 

Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was sent off before the games even commenced when she sent out a shameful tweet

Then there was Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella, who did the same thing after his team dropped their match to South Korea. 

Despite the warm feelings of universal competition, the fans even got into the negative trolling when a 17-year-old tried to get catch the ire of Tom Daley, and caught much worse. 

As you can see, the London Games are near volatile when you regard race relations and social media that spreads information like wildfire. 

Michael Vesper, head of the German committee, explained further, via The Guardian

Miss Drygalla confirmed credibly her commitment to the Olympic Charter. She is leaving the Olympic Village so as not to be a burden for the team.

With that, we move on. 

It's understandable why this would be an issue from the standpoint of the national team, their image and unwanted media attention. 

While IOC spokesman Mark Adams maintains Drygalla did nothing wrong, we are in agreement that it's best for everyone that she went home. 

The last thing that is wanted is unnecessary negativity, especially with an Olympics that has had plenty. 

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