Greek Athlete Suspended From Olympic Team For Offensive Twitter Remark About African Immigrants In Greece

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An Olympic athlete from Greece, Voula Papachristou, has been suspended from her country’s team after making an offensive comment on Twitter about African immigrants in Greece, a spokeswoman for the Greek Olympic team said Wednesday.

Papachristou apologized on her Facebook page for making an “unfortunate and tasteless joke.”

“I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights,” she wrote. “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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