Greek Olympian Banned for Racist Tweet

Triple-jumper expelled from team

Ryan O'Hanlon

Greek triple-jumper Voula Papachristou has been banned from the 2012 Olympics three days after posting a racist joke on Twitter. On Sunday, Papachristou tweeted, “With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!” Today, the Hellenic Olympic Committee announced that Papachristou would not be competing in the London, saying her comment was “contrary to the values ​​and ideals of the Olympic movement.” Papachristou has expressed support for the extreme right-wing Golden Dawn party in the past. “I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered,” the 23-year-old said in a statement, “since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.” She is currently 17th in the world triple-jump rankings.

Via The Guardian