Greek Olympian Papachristou expelled for ‘racist tweet’

Voula Papachristou

Voula Papachristou

The BBC have reported how a Greek Olypic athlete has been banned from the Greek Olympic team after making what have been deemed as racist remarks on her twitter account.

Papachristou was due to compete in the London 2012 Games, which officially start this Friday.

But the Hellenic Olympic Committee said her posts mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party went against the Olympic spirit.

Papachristou has apologised for the “unfortunate and tasteless joke”.

As well as the comment on Monday referring to the West Nile virus and Africans living in Greece, Papachristou also reposted a tweet by Ilias Kasidiaris, a politician with the far-right Golden Dawn party, criticising Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s stance on immigration.

Her remarks had sparked calls from the public and within the Greek government for her to be thrown out of the team.

The head of the Greek committee, Isidoros Kouvelos, said the 23-year-old had “showed no respect for the basic Olympian value”.

“She made a mistake and in life we pay for our mistakes,” he told SKAI TV.

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