I think we can all agree that the sporting world has changed over the past decade, with the advancement of technology taking over the world and it appears that technology is finding its way in sports in both positive and negative ways. For a few Olympic athletes technology, along with poor judgment, has cost them a chance to even compete in the summer games. In just the beginning of the Olympic games there has already been two athletes dismissed from their team for comments they said on the social media website twitter.
A day before the Opening ceremonies Greek Triple Jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled from the entire Olympics because of a racist tweet she sent. The tweet was in regards to the growing population of Africans in the country of Greece.
“With so many Africans in Greece at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!,” Papachristou said on twitter.
She tried to apologize for her comments mentioning she never meant what she said, and said she meant it in a jokingly matter, but it was too late. It did not take long for the Hellenic Olympic committee to find out about the tweet, and when they did they decided to expel her reporting that, ”She is being expelled for statements contrary to the values and ideas of the Olympic movement.”
More recently a Swiss soccer player was just expelled from his team for an insulting tweet he sent out regarding North Koreans after a 2-1 loss to North Korea.
“I want to punch those Koreans in the face, I want them all to just go burn!,” 23 year old Michel Morganella said in a tweet. His account has since been deleted.
The Swiss team chief Gian Gilli wanted to weigh in and explain to reporters why he felt the need to expel Morganella.
“As a member of the Swiss Olympic mission he gravely discriminated, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korean football team and the South Korean people as a whole,” Gilli said.
Gilli gave Morganella the chance to explain why he tweeted what he did, as Morganella made several statements to reporters following the team’s soccer match.
“I made a huge mistake after the disappointing team result I wish to first apologize to the people in South Korea and their team, but also to the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general, I have obviously accept the consequences for my actions and will look to learn from them,” Morganella said.
Gilli was at the press conference where Morganella made these statements, Gilli went on to mention to reporters that he hopes that Morganella will draw the necessary lessons as he is still a young gifted football player.
London has become the first Olympic games to actually allow and encourage the use of social media for athletes, but they do not want “Insulting issues” to become a normal trend for the rest of the Olympics and hope future Olympic host countries will build from this.
Greek Olympian Banned From Games for Offensive Tweet
Voula Papachristou, Greece’s triple-cup champ, has been barred from competing in the London Olympics, after sending the following Internet missive:
“With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will be eating food from their own home.”
Swiss Soccer Player Michel Morganella Booted Over Racist Tweet
Monday, the Swiss Olympic Committee bounced soccer player Michel Morganella, 23, after his offensive comment following Switzerland’s 2-1 loss to South Korea a day earlier.
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