Nadja Drygalla, who stepped down rather than humiliate her country’s team in the Olympics, BECAUSE OF HER BOYFRIEND, was unjustly victimized by political correctness: http://de.nachrichten.yahoo.com/de-maizière-stellt-ruderin-nadja-drygalla-112005779.html?fr=fp-tts-708&fr2=ps (my own translation from German here):
De Maiziere stands behind rower Nadja Drygalla
“We have no cause to investigate anything here”
In the neo-Nazi scandal involving the German Olympic rowing champion Nadia Drygalla, German Federal Minister of Defence …
In the neo-Nazi “scandal” involving the German Olympic rowing champion Nadia Drygalla, Federal Defence Minister Thomas de Maiziere (CDU) called for greater restraint and less prejudgment. The case raises the question of drawing boundaries around the right to privacy: when does the government check the circle of friends of athletes? de Maiziere told reporters in London. He believes that this legitimate boundary has been exceeded in the case Drygalla. “We have no cause to investigate anything here,” said de Maiziere. We have learned to move very cautiously in such cases.
De Maiziere did not rule out that the army could take the 23-year-old in their sports activities. Currently there is no application pending. If there were, such an application would be considered in the normal manner. In the past week Drygalla had left the Olympic Games in London after it was revealed that her boyfriend is Michael Fischer, a former parliamentary candidate of the far-right NPD.
Fisher, however, in May resigned from the NPD. This was confirmed by the country’s parliamentary group deputy chairman for the far-right party, Stefan Köster, according to a party spokesman in Schwerin. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said, however, on request, that the ministry possessed “no positive evidence that Mr. Fischer has actually withdrawn from the NPD.” A few days ago the Ministry had described Fisher as an example of the close interaction between the NPD and the extreme right-wing fraternities. Fisher also appears to have played a leading role in the group known as, “National Socialists Rostock”.”
If the following yahoo.com article is to be believed, 2012 is the first time in modern Olympic history that athletes have ever been disqualified on grounds of direct or indirect Political Party affiliation or Philosophy of any kind:
One just has to wonder whether it’s really fair…. Political vetting at the last minute, while the supposedly “international” games are going on? The Olympics have become a complete sham, and an insult to the concepts of Freedom of Though and Social Justice. I submit that JUSTICE REQUIRES that every award ever granted to a member of the Communist Party from ANY COUNTRY should be reversed and historically declared a nullity. It is well known that the Soviet Union and all of the Eastern Block Countries (including Romania, China, Korea, and Vietnam) have permanent government-sponsored training for Olympians, making a mockery of the concept of “Amateur” “Non-Professional” Athletics….
(Getty)Nadja Drygalla, a German rower who already competed at the Olympics, is on her way home from London a bit earlier than she intended. Drygalla decided to leave the Games after reports surfaced that she is connected to a neo-Nazi group in Germany.
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Drygalla’s boyfriend is reportedly a leader of the Rostock National Socialists, a group German intelligence describes as neo-Nazi and racist.
“Miss Drygalla confirmed credibly her commitment to the Olympic Charter,” the head of Germany’s committeeMichael Vesper said. “She is leaving the Olympic Village so as not to be a burden for the team.”
Drygalla is a member of Germany’s women’s eight. Her team was eliminated in the repechage round.
This isn’t the first time Drygalla has been connected to Germany’s far-right. According to German broadcaster DW, she was connected to another neo-Nazi in March of 2011. This forced her to resign from the Mecklenburg-Western Pomeranian police force.
Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled by her national organizing committee before the Olympics began for making a racist comment on Twitter. Likewise, a Swiss soccer player was removed from his team for comments about the South Korean team. The difference between Drygalla and the other two is the German organizing committee said she is still in line with the Olympic ideal. She made the choice to leave because of the distraction it could bring to the German Olympians.
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Now, this same article included a video http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/video/raised-fists-medal-stand-1968-051152110.html At the Olympics in Mexico City in 1968, two black athletes Raised their fists in “Black Power” (aka “Black Panther”) Salutes in Protest Against the Policies of the American government during the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson. Now this is more than slightly ironic because LBJ was the President who signed more “affirmative action” race-based legislation than any other President in history, including Abraham Lincoln [who signed almost none] and Barack Obama [who has signed absolutely none], and these athletes have monuments built to them at San Jose State University and are celebrated in the History Books.
Why would Athletes who belong to Patriotic Minority Right Wing Political Parties in Europe be an embarrassment to their teams when Left Wingers like these never were? Could it be that the Olympian Ideals of the modern world are set by Communists? Only Blacks can have race-based minority political views but whites cannot?
Of course, there were many political disturbances throughout the world in 1968 and Mexico City was only one venue for such protests. Chicago and Paris also saw major left-wing riots in 1968. NONE of the Conservative/Right Wing Athletes from Germany, Greece, or Switzerland who have been publicly humiliated and singled out in 2012 had disturbed the peace or disgraced the games or insulted their country EXCEPT by their private political views.
This last German Rower Nadja Drygalla is not even alleged to BE a Neo-Nazi—she merely likes to date them—why don’t they publish the list of boyfriends and girlfriends of all the Athletes and their political or social or religious affiliations? I find this all just so totally appalling and disgraceful to the very over-commercialized face of the Olympics. Nobody was disqualified from the 1936 Olympics in Berlin for being a Nazi and nobody before or since, so far as I know, has ever been disqualified from any team for being a community. Paraskevi (Voula) Papachristou was disqualified from the Greek Team because of her membership in Golden Dawn, which recently polled 6.92-6.97% of the vote in the last two elections in her country (and won 18 seats in Parliament), yet this is decidedly more than any African-American nationalist candidate has ever polled in the United States (and no, I REALLY don’t count Barack Hussein Obama—he’s not really American and he’s an international socialist—anything BUT a nationalist—he claims to have been born in the United States but his father’s heritage is clearly Kenyan—and his mother’s overtly communist). The Swiss Soccer Player Michel Morganella who was disqualified basically made a rude comment about a Korean—and none of the other athletes have ever made any rude comments about their competition?