Report in Germany prompts rower to leave Olympics
Thursday, August 2, 2012
BERLIN (AP) -- German Olympic officials say a rower has left the London Games after a broadcaster reported that her boyfriend is a supporter of an extreme right-wing party in Germany.
Nadja Drygalla is a member of the women's eight crew. The national Olympic association's general director, Michael Vesper, says Drygalla plans to leave the Olympic village to avoid any "burden for the Olympic team."
Vesper said Friday he and German rowing officials met with Drygalla, who "stressed credibly" she is "committed to the values of the Olympic charter."
IOC spokesman Mark Adams says he does not think this an issue for his group "because she hasn't said or done anything related to the games."
Drygalla was done competing at the games after the women's eight team failed to make Thursday's final.