The Greek Olympic Team has expelled a member of its track team for a racist comment that she left on Twitter.
Voula Papachristou tweeted on her Twitter account, @papaxristouji,the tweet translated into English, said, "With so many Africans in Greece... At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!"
Papachristou had been slated to compete in the triple jump in the London Olympics, but the Greek Olympic Committee has decided to expel her instead.
According to the BBC, the Greek Olympic Committee said that Papachristou has been "placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement."
Papachristou issued an apology today saying:
I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account. I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.
My dream is connected to the Olympic Games and I could not possibly participate if I did not respect their values. Therefore, I could never believe in discrimination between human beings and races.
I would like to apologize to all my friends and fellow athletes, who I may have insulted or shamed, the National Team, as well as the people and companies who support my athletic career. Finally, I would like to apologize to my coach and my family.