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Greek track star Voula Papachristou expelled from Olympics after tweet

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Athlete Voula Papachristou has been expelled from the Greek Olympic team over a racist tweet and support of a radical right-wing political party.

The tweet, originally written in Greek, references the appearance of Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes in Athens: "With so many Africans in Greeceā€¦ At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!"

Greece's Voula Papachristou soars through the air in the Women's Triple Jump final at the European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, in this file photo dated Friday, June 29, 2012.

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The triple-jumper previously caused controversy by re-tweeting a comment criticising immigration from Ilias Kasidiaris, a politician part of the far-right Golden Dawn party, famous for slapping a female politician live on television.

The Greek Olympic Committee released a statement yesterday (July 25) confirming Papachristou's expulsion from the team.

Papachristou also made a statement on Twitter yesterday, apologising for the racist tweet: "I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.

"I would like to apologise 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 apologise to my coach and my family."

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