“With so many Africans in Greece, the West Nile mosquitoes will be getting home food!!!”
This is the tweet that got triple jumper Voula Papachristou kicked off Greece’s Olympic team Wednesday. Or, more likely, negative reaction including thousands of follow-up comments got her kicked off.
Also cited was the fact that she’d retweeted comments originating from one of Greece’s far-right political groups — but you’d hate to think quoting from statements by a legal political party can get you so severely punished in the Birthplace of Democracy.
At the same time Papachristou was thrown off the team, the Hellenic Olympic Committee ordered all members of Greece’s Olympian team not to post any comments on any social media not directly related to their preparation for competition.
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