Olympics 2012: German Rower Denies Nazi Links
German politicians call for an investigation into the case of rower Nadja Drygalla, who left the Olympic village amid allegations her boyfriend was a neo-Nazi.
German politicians have called for an investigation into the case of German Olympic rower Nadja Drygalla, who left the London Games last week following allegations that linked her to Germany's neo-Nazi scene.
Drygalla, a member of Germany's women's eights rowing squad, voluntarily left the Olympic village after it emerged that her boyfriend Michael Fischer may have had close links to far right political organizations.
"An explanation is needed," said Dagmar Freitag, head of sports committee of the German parliament, the Bundestag. "It seems inconceivable to me that the German Olympic Association as well as the German Rowing Association knew nothing about this."
German sporting officials in London insist they first became aware of the allegations against Drygalla late last week, after she had competed at the Olympics. The controversy is focused on Drygalla's relationship to Fischer, who has run for political office as a member of far-right party the NPD and has been photographed at neo-Nazi demonstrations.
In an interview with wireservice dpa on Sunday, the 23-year-old rower denied she had any contact with neo-Nazis and said Fischer himself had broken off all contact to Germany's far right. Drygalla said Fischer left the NPD in May.
Drygalla said her relationship with Fischer already cost her her job. She was training to be a police officer but left the force last year after officials became aware of her boyfriend's right-wing politics. While the NPD and other far-right political parties are legal in Germany, more extreme neo-Nazi groups are banned.
The German rower said she wants to continue training and competing for her country.