Voula Papachristou is currently Greece's Triple Jump champion, and will go into the record books as the first Greek Triple Jump champion to be dismissed for the Olympic team for tweeting out racist remarks against Africans. "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,'" reports The Associated Press. In case you were wondering what kind of tweet can get you being kicked off an Olympic team, here it is in all of its racist glory (we don't know Greek and we turned to Google Translate, the original tweet appears here):
Even if our Google Translate isn't 100 percent accurate, that's pretty gross and people were rightfully upset with Papachristou (at the time this story was posted, she still hadn't deleted it). And of course this must be super embarrassing to Greece, you know, where the Olympics began and whatnot. Papachristou did tweet out a non-apology apology mentioning politics shortly after and wrote another (better) apology this morning:
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.
While it's nice to know she feels bad (either from not competing, or from offending people), Papachristou will remain at home, while the rest of the team goes to London. As The AP notes, "Papachristou is in Athens. The committee says she was to travel to London shortly before the track events start."
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