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Voula Papachristou kicked out from London Olympics 2012

The Greek triple jumper athlete Voula Papachristou has been kicked out from his country's team at the London Olympics 2012. It was because of her racist tweet to African immigrants. Voula offensive tweet was translated by the website Keep Talking Greece.


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The tweet was posted 23rd of July 2012 saying, "With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!"


After she informed about the issue of her racist tweet, Papachristou tweeted an apology message in English on Wednesday.

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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.

My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.

I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.

Meanwhile, The Greek Olympic Committee also released an statement regarding the issue of the triple-jumper Voula Papachristou.

ATHENS, Greece — Greece has removed triple jumper Voula Papachristou from the country's team at the London Olympics over her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee says in a statement Wednesday that Papachristou is "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."



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