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Cycling sports director Patrick Moster cheered Nikias Arndt with racist remarks “get those camel drivers, get those camel drivers, come on” as he was chasing two cyclists in front of him. One of those cyclists was from Algeria and the other from Eritrea. Mr Moster’s remarks were caught on television and were broadcast live.
The director has now been sent home after the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) came under immense pressure.
Mr Moster later apologised saying: “In the heat of the moment and with the overall burden that we have here at the moment, my choice of words was wrong.”
“I am so sorry, I can only sincerely apologise. I didn’t want to discredit anyone.”
Alfons Hormann, the DOSB boss, said: “We remain convinced that his public apology for the racist remarks he made yesterday is sincere.
Germany’s cycling sports director has been banished from the Tokyo Olympics. (Image: Getty)
Patrick Moster cheered Nikias Arndt with racist remarks ‘get those camel drivers’. (Image: Getty)
“With this gaffe, however, Mr Moster violated the Olympic values.“
He added: “Fair play, respect and tolerance are not negotiable for the German team.”
The decision came after a “detailed consultation of the delegation leadership and a renewed hearing of the person concerned,” the DOSB announced.
Arndt was reportedly “horrified” and distanced himself from the statements of the sports director.
The world cycling association UCI also got involved and condemned Mr Moster’s comments. (Image: Getty)
Arndt’s teammate Maximilian Schachmann emphasised that the words used by Mr Moster had no place at the Olympic Games and in the world in general.
The world cycling association UCI also got involved and condemned Mr Moster’s comments.
The Algerian cyclist who was the target of the remarks spoke up saying: “Well, there is no camel race in Olympics, that’s why I came to cycling. At least I was there in Tokyo.”
Rick Zabel, a German cyclist who did not participate in the Olympic Games, said: “On the one hand, I understand all athletes who say nothing about it because they are afraid of being in the line of fire if they express their opinion or are simply no longer nominated for a European Championship, World Cup or Olympics.
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Mr Moster did not want to face any consequences. (Image: Getty)
The affected cyclists were from Algeria and Eritrea. (Image: Getty)
“Even if I am not at the Olympic Games myself, I am ashamed of the statements.”
Mr Zabel criticised the fact that there was only a “terse excuse” after the race.
He added: “Personally, I cannot understand why the DOSB did not take immediate action after this behaviour.”
Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.