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Olympian Kicked Off Team for Insensitiv​e Tweets

Voula Papachristou, a triple jumper, has been removed from Greece’s track team after making disparaging remarks about African immigrants on her Twitter page:

The Hellenic Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Papachristou had been excluded from the team “for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”

“It’s the same as violating fair play,” Isidoros Kouvelos, the head of Greece’s Olympic mission, told the country’s Skai TV channel. “We are not here just to get medals, but to promote the Olympic ideals, to show our character.”

He added that the Hellenic Olympic Committee did not contact Papachristou either before or after issuing the statement excluding her from the games.

Read more at The Washington Post.

Greek athletes have consequently been banned from using social media for the duration of the Olympic Games.

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