Greek Olympian disqualified after racist tweet

Written by on July 26, 2012 in Europe, News, Sport - No comments

A member of the Greek Olympic team has been expelled from the Olympic games for a posting a racist comment on Twitter.

Triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou commented about immigrants in Athens saying, with so many of Africans in Greece, the West Nile virus mosquitoes will at least be eating some homemade food.

The submission on Twitter created a negative backlash in Greece followed by her expulsion from the games Wednesday by an Olympic committee.

The International Olympic Committee says athletes are allowed to use social media, including posting blogs and tweets, that are not offensive, discriminatory, obscene.

The IOC says athletes had been made aware that violation of the the rules could result in a disqualification from the games.

Papachristou has apologized for her ill advised comments.

Source: VOANews.com

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