Greece expels Olympic athlete over racist tweets

Greece expels Olympic athlete over racist tweets

Greece expels Olympic athlete over racist tweets

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece has removed triple jumper Voula Papachristou from the country's team at the London Olympics over her comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party.

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."

Papachristou is in Athens. The committee says she was to travel to London shortly before the track events start.

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