It Was Probably A Good Idea To Leave The Olympics Because Of Your Neo-Nazi Boyfriend
August 3 / Matt Rudnitsky / SportsGrid
A German Olympic rower has a Neo-Nazi boyfriend, and now that people have called her out on it, she's decided to leave London early.
Nadja Drygalla is leaving on her own terms — though she's already done competing — "so as not to be a burden for the team."
Media reports said her boyfriend was a leading member of the "Rostock National Socialists" and had fought a state election for the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD).
Germany's intelligence agency describes the party as racist, anti-Semitic and inspired by the Nazis. Its local election campaigns blame immigrants for crime and unemployment and its supporters are mostly unemployed young men with little education in depressed areas of the east.
Um, yeah. Doesn't sound like something you want to associate yourself with.
Drygalla had a "90-minute conversation with German officials" before coming to her decision.
The German rowing federation said in a statement that it welcomed Drygalla's decision.
"We will have another conversation with Nadja Drygalla in August after the Olympic Games. After that we will decide together with her how to proceed," said Siegfried Kaidel, the head of the federation.
Germany is obviously in the habit of forcefully disconnecting any remaining ties, however faint, to Nazism. Asking Drygalla to leave was a no-brainer.
The IOC spoke out, too, with a brief (kind of insensitive!) statement.
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.
Well, I guess they're right. She didn't do anything wrong per se. But they probably could've said nothing at all.
I mean, she's dating a Neo-Nazi. But she hasn't done anything against the rules, and she's going home quietly. It's a good decision, and it's a good thing we won't hear anything from her at the Games.
Unconfirmed rumors* suggest that she and her boyfriend have moved to a remote tropical island to live with the lovely couple of recently bigoted, exiled Olympians Michel Morganella and Voula Papachristou. More unconfirmed rumors* suggest that they have all killed each other in a dispute over whose race is most responsible for the world's problems.
*By unconfirmed rumors, I do indeed mean I made this up. Sorry. Bigots suck.