“I would like to express my heartfelt apologies for the unfortunate and tasteless joke I published on my personal Twitter account,” said Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou. “I am very sorry and ashamed for the negative responses I triggered, since I never wanted to offend anyone, or to encroach human rights.”
The tasteless joke to which she refers is this tweet, which Papachristou sent on Sunday: “With so many Africans in Greece… At least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!”
Her comments reportedly went viral, igniting thousands of negative responses.