Voula Papachristo kicked out of Olympics for Twitter comment

7:55 AM, Jul 25, 2012   |    comments
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By Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY

The Twitter Olympics has begun, and Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristo is the first casualty.

She has been expelled from the London Olympics by Greece for her Twitter comments on African immigrants and expressing support for a far-right party, the Associated Press reported.

Papachristou is competing in her first Games. The 23-year-old is from Athens.

The IOC has strict guidelines on what athletes can say in social media. This is the first case of an athlete being expelled from an Olympics for social media use.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee said in a statement Wednesday that Papachristou is "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."

Papachristou is in Athens. The committee says she was to travel to London shortly before the track events start.


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