Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou was booted from her country's Olympic team this week after posting a racial joke to Twitter -- and now says the punishment has left her "very bitter and upset."
The triple jumper posted a tweet earlier this week that roughly translated to: “With so many Africans in Greece…at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat homemade food!!!”
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She later apologized for the tweet, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Greek Olympic Committee from expelling her from the Games. What's more, a spokesperson told the Associated Press that the episode had prompted the country's committee to prohibit Greek Olympians from using social media to talk about anything not directly related to the Games for the remainder of the event.
Now, Papachristou tells the Guardian she believe her punishment was too harsh.
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"I have not slept at all and to be honest I am still trying to come to terms with what has happened," she said. "I am trying to stay calm otherwise I would lose control. I am thankful to my coach and family and so many other people who have stuck by mel. After so many years of hurt and sacrifices to try and get to my first Olympics I am very bitter and upset. But what has upset me the most is the excessive reaction and speed of the disciplinary decision."
What do you think -- is Papachristou getting what she deserves or is her country punishing her too excessively? Share your take in the comments.
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This story originally published on Mashable here.