In a couple of days, the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games will be starting. However Greek Olympic team member Voula Papachristou will not be a part of the games since she sent out a racist message on Twitter. ?With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitos will be eating food from their own home,? said Papachristou on Twitter.
The tweet was left on Twitter for two days before Papachristou had issued an apology. After months and years of training, this is quite possibly one of the most embarrassing reasons to be eliminated from the competition.
Papachristou made the following statement:
?I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights. 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.?
Papachristou is a 23-year old athlete that was known for her long jump. Her best triple jump was 14.58 meters, which is about half a meter from world’s leaders of the jump.
?She showed no respect for a basic Olympic value and unfortunately she is out?. She made a mistake and in life we pay for our mistakes,? stated Isidoros Kouvelos, president of the Greek Olympic Committee, in an interview with EuroNews.
Below is a video Buzzfeed uploaded of Papachristou jumping: