Greek Woman Kicked Out of 2012 Olympics


One can only imagine the nightmare it would be for an athlete to be kicked out of the Olympics after years of rigorous training. Unfortunately, this nightmare became reality for Greek track star, Voula Papachristou.

Papachristou was expected to take part in the Triple Jump competition in the 2012 summer Olympics. However, just days before she was to board her plane to London she received a phone call that would change her life. According to Yahoo Sports, the Hellenic Olympic Committee decided to expel Papachristou from the Greek squad, as punishment for her racist tweet that read, “With so many Africans in Greece, at least the mosquitoes of West Nile will eat homemade food.” Committee members felt Papachristou’s actions were against the values and beliefs of which the Olympics stood for.

Of course Papachristou apologized for her irresponsible actions, but it seems as if the athlete is more angry than sorry. In response to her expulsion, Papachristou stated, “I am trying to stay calm otherwise I would lose control. After so many years of hurt and sacrifices to try and get to my first Olympics I am very bitter and upset. But what has upset me the most is the excessive reaction and speed of the disciplinary decision.”

I can’t help but to wonder if she truly thought she would get away with posting something as insensitive as the “joke” she posted without any consequences. Some people argue that her punishment was too severe, however I disagree. Olympic athletes are looked up to and admired by kids all over the world. Therefore, these athletes are expected to live a life worthy of this admiration, which is something Voula Papachristou chose not to do.

Let’s just hope this nightmare of a reality taught Voula Papachristou a lesson and set an example for all other Olympic athletes.

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Comments

  1. Colin Holin says:

    the only lesson she, or anyone else, will learn from this is to keep their mouth shut and not say what they think, which is the same lesson that life in a police state teaches to its populace. This is an extreme overreaction by an extremely intolerant body of PC reactionaries.

  2. as a black woman who has experienced her share of individuals with this thought process and detest what she did, i do ot think she should have been removed for it, while it was extremely offensive let the girl perform with her views and all

  3. leonidas antonopulos says:

    in a free society one’s ideas and comments should not affect their sporting career

  4. Because the Olympics are all about the world coming together and being at peace with all races/cultures, it was extremely inappropriate of her to say something like this. I think she got what she deserved…

  5. I usually am against people being punished in their careers for social decisions, however, I believe she was very careless in her twitter comment and the punishment was to be expected.

  6. As a Puerto Rican Jew who has been the subject of “jokes” all my life, I’m ecstatic to see a racist tormenter finally get what she deserves. To commemorate the occasion, I plan to go swimming every year on this day!

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