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Greece bans jumper after racist tweet

July 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

LONDON, July 25 (UPI) -- Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou was suspended from the London Olympics for sending a racist message on Twitter.

Greek Olympic officials said Papachristou "is no longer expected to arrive in London" after posting a tweet regarding African immigrants in Greece. A message on the Greek Olympic Web site said such actions "go against the values and ideals of Olympism."

The offending message has been removed and Papachristou has issued a series of apologies.

"I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account," Papachristou said in a posting on twitlonger.com. "I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights."

Papachristou, 23, finished 11th in the triple jump at the recent European Athletics Championships.

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