Olympics turned into political witch hunt

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Greek triple jump champion Voula Papachristou – expelled for being a nationalist!

The London Olympics are in danger of being overshadowed by fanatical political correctness, with two athletes already having been forced out of the Games for political reasons.

First Greek champion triple jumper Voula Papachristou was expelled for having posted a “racist” message on Twitter and for being a supporter of the Greek nationalist party Golden Dawn, which won 7% support across Greece in recent elections.

Miss Papachristou’s offending Twitter message merely repeated a joke about Greek immigration problems, connected to recent reports of a West Nile malaria virus:
“With so many Africans in Greece, at least the West Nile mosquitoes will eat home made food!!!”

Even though this tweet had nothing to do with the Olympics, Miss Papachristou’s comments on Greek politics were enough to force her expulsion from the Greek team.

This was crazy enough, but the PC mania has now got even worse.  Nadja Drygalla – a member of the German women’s rowing team – has been sent home, not for anything she is even alleged to have done herself, but because her boyfriend is a nationalist!

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German rower Nadja Drygalla – expelled from Olympics

Miss Drygalla’s boyfriend Michael Fischer was a candidate for the NPD – Germany’s leading nationalist party – last year in the city of Rostock.  Not content with expelling her from the games, the international thought police have forced Miss Drygalla to give interviews distancing herself from Mr Fischer’s political record.

The witch hunt against nationalists makes a mockery of “democratic” pretensions.  Both Golden Dawn and the NPD are perfectly lawful political parties that have elected representatives at various levels of Greek and German parliaments and local councils.  Yet athletes are not allowed even to have indirect links to such groups!

The situation has declined drastically since the 1970s, when the number one British tennis player Buster Mottram was a National Front member, and was never expelled from Wimbledon.  (Mr Mottram was last seen in the United Kingdom Independence Party, but nobody’s perfect…)

No nationalist would call for the Norwich City manager Chris Hughton to be sacked – even though he is a former columnist for the newspaper of the Workers Revolutionary Party, an extreme left Trotsyist sect.  Nor would we demand the sacking of Sir Alex Ferguson from Manchester United because of his close ties to the Labour Party.

Sports people are as entitled to their own political views as anyone else: this should apply to nationalists as well as to the far left.

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