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article imageGerman rower leaves Olympics due to having Neo-Nazi ties

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By Owen Weldon
Aug 3, 2012 in Sports
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German Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla has left London after reports of her having connections to a Neo-Nazi group started to surface.
Drygalla ended up leaving the Olympic village on Thursday night after she had a talk with Olympic officials about her ties to the Neo-Nazi scene.
According to DW, the director general of the German Olympic Sports Federation (DOSB), Michael Vesper, said that he had talked with Drygalla over reports claiming that she harbored sympathies for the political far right.
Allegedly Drygalla has a romantic relationship with a right wing radical. The alleged radical was a candidate for the far right National Democratic Party in last year's state elections in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which is in Germany's northeast.
According to USA Today, Siegfried Kaidel, the chairman of the national rowing association, said that it will hold more talks with Drygalla once the Olympics are over, and the talks will be on "the further course of action."
According to New York Daily, Kaidel also said that the Federation welcomed the rower's decision to leave the Olympics.
Mark Adams, a spokesman for the IOC, mentioned that Drygalla did not do anything wrong at the Olympics and that there were no issues with her. Adams went onto say that he has personally read the report and in his opinion she has done nothing wrong.
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