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This article was published on July 25, 2012

    Greek Olympian banned from the Games before it even begins for posting a racist tweet

    Greek Olympian banned from the Games before it even begins for posting a racist tweet

    A Greek athlete by the name of βούλα Παπαχρήστου (Voula Papachristou) was all set for the Olympics, but a completely tasteless and now deleted tweet has ruined her chances to compete in London. Here is the tweet from the triple jumper, via Breaking News:

    The Next Web has arranged for the tweet to be translated into English, and it says:

    With so many Africans in Greece…at least the mosquitoes from the west Nile are eating local food

     

    Photo via 24 Sports

    As you can see, this statement is hard to even comment on. Here’s her apology:

     

    The president of the Greek Olympic Committee, Spyros Kapralos, decided to expel her from the Greek mission after word of the statement got out, and now the team has 104 competing athletes.

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