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Triple jumper Voula Papachristou has been expelled by Greece from its Olympic team over a racist tweet she sent mocking African immigrants and suggesting support for a far-right party.

The Hellenic Olympic Committee has said in a statement today that Papachristou has been 'placed outside the Olympic team for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement'.

The athlete apologised for her comments on Twitter, 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."

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