- Category: Sports
02 Aug 2012
- Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom
Greek female triple jumper Voula Papachristou has been kicked off the Olympic team after she tweeted a racist remark about African immigrants in the Mediterranean nation.
Papachristou, who has shown support for Greek's far right Golden Dawn political party, tweeted a remark about the influx of mosquitoes in the country carrying the West Nile Virus.
"With so many Africans in Greece...At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!" she tweeted.
Papachristou did not immediately apologize for the tweet, either, defending her remark in another tweet. "That's how I am. I laugh. I am not a CD to get stuck!!! And if I make mistakes, I don't press the replay! I press Play and move on!!!"
However, after the controversy gained traction, Isidoros Kouvelos, head of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, made it clear that her comments would not be tolerated. He told the (BBC) that she "showed no respect for the basic Olympic value."
According to reports, a statement from Greek officials said that she'd been "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."
Papachristou eventually apologized via Twitter after learning her fate saying, "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."