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Greek Olympian Sent Home Over Racist Tweet

Greek Olympian Sent Home Over Racist Tweet

Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou was kicked off the country’s Olympic team after she posted a racist message on her Twitter account.

In response to news of an outbreak of West Nile virus in Greece, Papachristou posted a tweet in which she said, “With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!”

Papachristou also used her Twitter account to support the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party, which gained representation in parliament on the strength of extreme anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Papachristou initially responded to criticism by saying she was joking, but soon apologized for the Tweet. In a follow-up, Papachristou said, “I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.”

Papachristou added that because she respected Olympic values, she “could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.”

The damage was done, however, and the Greek Olympic Committee removed her from the team.

“She showed no respect for a basic Olympic value and unfortunately she is out,” mission chief Isidoros Kouvelos told SKAI TV. “She made a mistake and in life we pay for our mistakes.”

Papachristou’s coach, George Pomaski, told Reuters that the “penalty should not have been so strict,” and called the decision a “big disappointment.”

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9:04PM PDT on Aug 1, 2012

Glad that they sent her packing, but Greece is far behind the times. Anybody with any kind of disability is institutionalized without medication, this includes people with schizophrenia, so if they are having hallucinations, they are tied to beds. anybody who poses a problem is physically restrained. people do not talk about the inhumanity in Greece due to the fact they do not want other family members to be shunned from the ability to be married/have children.
Also I am surprised to see all the people leaving comments that do not even realize they sound racist themselves.
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2:09PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

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2:06PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

There is no basic Olympic values anymore. freedom of speech ...and how is her tweet racist? BS all the way down. PC is BS

2:04PM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

I did not think her tweet was racist at all.

3:49AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

One more idiot.

9:30PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012


6:17PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

She supports the Golden-Dawn Party, yet claims she doesn't believe in discrimination? hmm...those two things really don't go hand in hand.

1:24PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

Another fool who thinks her messages will not travel across the country. Understand the technology you are using, or do not use it at all.

12:46PM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

As I've always thought/said, stay away from Facebook, Twitter and the likes... and really, in general people need to chill and not be too sensitive :) Why no one just tweeted back and tell her to jump in the nearest lake... and maybe drown while she's there.... LOL!!!!

9:44AM PDT on Jul 30, 2012

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