Deutsche Welle, August 3, 2012
German rower Nadja Drygalla left the Olympic village Thursday night after talks with Olympic officials about fresh allegations linking her with the neo-Nazi scene.
Michael Vesper, director general of the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB), confirmed Friday that he had confronted Drygalla over media reports that she harbored sympathies for the political far right.
Drygalla allegedly maintains a romantic relationship with a right wing radical, who was a candidate for the far right National Democratic Party, the NPD, in last year's state elections in Germany's northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
Drygalla distanced herself from the right wing views of the man she is associated with but Vesper added that he wanted to be certain of her position regarding basic democratic principles.
The conversation reaffirmed Drygalla was credible and that she was committed to the values of the Olympic Charter, he said.
Drygalla is no stranger to being connected to the right wing. In March 2011, allegations of a connection to a different neo-Nazi from Rostock prompted her to resign from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian police force.
By then, Drygalla was a member of the police sports group. Photos of her with right wing extremists have also been circulated on the internet. Drygalla has so far refused to comment on her departure from London.