Earlier this morning, the small Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis was forced to send its second Olympian home in disgrace: Former 100-meter world champion Kim Collins was dismissed from the Games for "repeated absences from training sessions and also for refusing to respond to repeated phone calls and emails by team manager and coaches." As it turns out, Collins was sneaking out of the Olympic Village to see his wife, and he's not ashamed to admit it. "They're asking me to abandon my wife for the team," he later told BBC Radio. "It's not going to happen." A few hours later he tweeted that "even men in prison get their wives to visit."
So far, at least 19 other Olympians have been disqualified or asked to leave London — and for less cute reasons than missing their wives. Here's the shame-laced roundup:
- Sprinter Tameka Williams, also of St. Kitts and Nevis, went home last week after she acknowledged using a substance "clearly outside the medical code."
- Greek triple jumper Paraskevi Papachristou — described by Reuters as "a blonde-haired athlete who sports a navel piercing" — was ejected Wednesday after tweeting: "With so many Africans in Greece... the West Nile mosquitoes will at least eat homemade food!!!"
- Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella was quickly sent packing after he besmirched the entire South Korean nation via Twitter. What he wrote roughly translates as, "I want to beat up all South Koreans, you can all go burn. Bunch of mongoloids."
- Brazilian rower Kissya Cataldo da Costa was temporarily suspended for failing a July 12 drug test, and forced to drop out of at least one event.
- Two Israeli female sailors, Vered Bouskila and Gil Cohen, were disqualified from taking part in a second race after a Danish appeal was accepted. What exactly the Danes were complaining about is not quite clear.
- A referee disqualified Iranian boxer Ali Mazaheri, champion of the 2006 and 2007 Asian Games, after he received three warnings for persistent holding in just 56 seconds. After the match Mazaheri told reporters that, "It was a fix ... it was a set up." Although the referee was himself later suspended, the ruling was upheld, prompting tens of thousands of Mazaheri's Iranian fans to Facebook protest.
- Zambian light-welterweight Judoka Boas Munyonga was sent home for illegally holding onto his Japanese opponent's legs in the opening minute of their bout.
- German rower Nadja Drygalla voluntarily left the Olympic Village "not to be a burden for the [German] team" after it came out that her boyfriend is active in the Rostock National Socialists party, a group with documented racist, anti-Semitic, and neo-Nazi tendencies.
- Two members of Team GB, Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish, were disqualified from the women's team sprint final (in cycling) for an illegal changeover. When the announcement was made, boos ran out from British fans in the stands. Pendleton brushed it off with the remark that, "now and again rubbish things happen and it is one of those days." Mere hours later, she took the gold in Keirin, a sport we won't even try to explain.
- Oh yeah, and then there's the four South Koreans, two Chinese, and two Indonesians who scandalously threw their badminton games.