Far-Right Party Condemns Triple Jumper’s Expulsion from Olympic Team Over Racist Joke



    Voula Papachristou

    The extreme far-right Golden Dawn party has deplored the expulsion of a Greek Olympian for comments on Twitter mocking African immigrants and voicing support for the party.
    A Golden Dawn statement Thursday said triple jumper Voula Papachristou’s punishment was a display of inverted racism.
    It says the Hellenic Olympic Committee’s decision shows how the Greek “system … literally exterminates, for paltry reasons, whoever dares to express a different opinion, even in jest.”
    Greece’s Olympic committee expelled Papachristou Wednesday for “statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”
    The 23-year-old athlete has apologized for her comments.
    (source: AP)