Greece has expelled triple jumper Voula Papachristou from the country’s Olympic team just before the start of games over a joke she tweeted that was interpreted by many as racist. Papachristou is currently in Athens and had been due to travel to London when the track events began.
However, the Hellenic Olympic Committee said in a statement today that she is “placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.” Here’s the tweet,
Papchristou has offered an apology for the first tweet, calling the joke “unfortunate and tasteless”.
I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal (cont) tl.gd/ih3mcp
— βούλα Παπαχρήστου (@papaxristoutj) July 25, 2012
What do you guys think? Was her comment racist?