facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Greece bans jumper after racist tweet

July 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM   |   Comments

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.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges Jonathan Dwyer of the Cardinals arrested on assault charges
2
Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence Panthers' Greg Hardy takes voluntary leave of absence
3
Vikings exempt Adrian Peterson until child abuse allegations resolved, not suspended but can't play Vikings exempt Adrian Peterson until child abuse allegations resolved, not suspended but can't play
4
Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended Former L.A. Laker has his Florida driver's license suspended
5
Cornhuskers collide with Hurricanes
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback