LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Dimitris Chondrokoukis has been removed from the Olympics 2012 Games. Dimitris Chondrokoukis joins Voula Papachristou both yanked by Greece from the London 2012 Games this week. Papachristou was removed for Twitter comments yesterday while Chondrokoukis was removed for doping results today.
Chondrokoukis is the latest in a series of athletes removed from these games for positive doping. “Dimitris will not take part in the Olympic Games, leaving unfulfilled a dream of a lifetime,” father Kyriakos Chondrokoukis said in a news statement today. Chondrokoukis was Greek’s hope in the indoor high jump competition.
Debbie Dunn of the U.S. relay pool was removed on July 13 for testing positive as well. And as reported previously on LALATE, Mariem Alaoui Selsouli was removed from the 1500 meters by her native Morocco for failing her test results last week.
Voula Papachristou, in contrast, was removed, not for test results, but for her Twitter comments. Greek Olympic team confirmed yesterday that Papachristou would not be allowed to compete and yet to leave her native country. Voula Papachristou initially defended her Twitter remarks only to later apologize on the eve of her removal.
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