Anorak | Twitter Olympics claims first athlete: Voula Papachristou dropped for ‘racist’ tweet

Twitter Olympics claims first athlete: Voula Papachristou dropped for ‘racist’ tweet

by | 25th, July 2012

THE Twitter Olympics are underway, and we’ve got our first victim: Voula Papachristou, a Greek triple jumper, told her twitter followers:

“With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”

She appears to be a supporter of Greece’s popular Nazi-style Golden Dawn Party. Her twitter blog @papaxristoutj features retweets and YouTube videos of Golden Dawn stuff. After her ‘joke’ came to light, Papachristou tweeted:

“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!!!”

Today she tweeted:

 “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.”

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