Olympics: Greek triple-jumper expelled for racist tweet

By REUTERS
July 25, 2012 17:08

 
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ATHENS - Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was withdrawn from the London Olympic Games on Wednesday after causing an uproar at home for tweeting what was seen as a racist slur, the head of the Greek Olympics team said.

Papachristou's tweet prompted calls from political parties to cancel her participation for tweeting the offending message.

"With so many Africans in Greece... the West Nile mosquitoes will at least eat homemade food!!!" she had posted on her Twitter account.

The head of the Greek Olympic mission said she had violated Olympic values and could no longer be on the team.

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

The 23-year-old athlete said in a lengthy apology on Wednesday the comment was "an unfortunate and tasteless joke."

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