On July 23, Greek Olympian Voula Papahristou, who has already traveled to London to participate in the upcoming Olympics, wrote a racist comment on her Twitter profile which caused many reactions.
“With so many African people living in Greece, mosquitoes of the West Nile [virus] are eating home-made food,” wrote Mrs Papahristou on her twitter account.
Greek media started retweeting her comment and publishing reports on her comment. She has had to apologize for her statements.
When Voula Papahristou realized that many people were opting against her comment, describing her as racist, she apologized for her ‘joke.’ “I thought it was a joke, but I feel sorry for offending some people, despite having no such intention,” she replied.
Then she changed her profile picture, removing her face and putting Twitter’s egg. Later on, after having received thousands insulting as well supporting comments, she deleted her personal Twitter profile.
But only a few minutes ago, she made a new one again! “It was a bad joke. I don’t believe in discrimination among humans,” she tweeted.
However, Greek website lifo.gr published some older tweets of Voula Papahristou. Many of them are retweets from far-right Golden Dawn party’s official page or its MPs’ personal pages, all showing her “patriotic” beliefs.
Greek Political Parties’ Reaction
Greek party Democratic Left sent an open letter to the media as well as the Olympic Committee, asking for them to exclude Voula Papahristou from the Olympic Games. “Such comments have nothing in common with the Olympic spirit,” they stated.
Greek Olympic Committee’s Latest Reaction
The Greek Olympic Committee announced only minutes ago that Mrs Voula Papahristou is not a member of the Hellenic Olympic Team any more. Similar to the views expressed by the Democratic Left party, the Committee commented that the Greek athlete’s view is completely opposed to that of the Olympic spirit.