• Moster sent home from Tokyo
  • Cycling staff chief known as some cyclists ‘camel drivers’
  • IOC contacted the DOSB, demanding a call by Thursday
  • Moster apologises for his remarks, says he’s not a racist

TOKYO, July 29 (Reuters) – The sporting director of the German cycling federation has been instructed to return home from the Tokyo Olympics after making racist remarks throughout Wednesday’s males’s Olympic street time trial, the German staff stated on Thursday.

“The team leadership at the Olympic Games in Tokyo has decided that Patrick Moster cannot continue his work as national team leader Cycling and will return to Germany,” the staff stated in a press release.

Moster had made the remarks through the street time trial occasion as he tried to induce on one in all Germany’s cyclists.

“Get the camel drivers, get the camel drivers, come on,” he was heard shouting at Nikias Arndt, who was chasing opponents Algeria’s Azzedine Lagab and Eritrea’s Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.

Moster apologised later, blaming his remarks on ‘the warmth of the second’, and stated he was not a racist.

It took the German Olympic Committee (DOSB) about 24 hours to concern a press release on the incident, elevating questions in regards to the delay in dealing with the case when the International Cycling Federation (UCI) had condemned his feedback as early as Wednesday.

The DOSB finally stated it was now not doable to maintain Moster in Tokyo after his feedback brought about a serious furore on the Games in addition to again home.

“We continue to be convinced that his public apology yesterday following his racist remarks was genuine,” DOSB President Alfons Hoermann stated. “But with his lapse Mr Moster went against the Olympic values. Fair play, respect and tolerance are non-negotiable for Team D.”

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) stated it welcomed the choice, after contacting the DOSB on Thursday.

“The IOC contacted the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) this morning and inquired about the issue around the Sports Director of the German Cycling Federation,” the IOC stated in a press release.

“We welcome the swift reaction of DOSB not to let him continue in his role and asking him to leave Tokyo to return back to Germany. Comments such as these have no place at the Olympic Games.”

When requested by Reuters, IOC officers stated the Olympic physique had instructed the DOSB it could must see a call on the matter by Thursday afternoon and would reserve the correct for potential disciplinary proceedings relying on the result, piling strain on Germany’s Olympic Committee.

Arndt, who completed the time trial in nineteenth place, stated he had been appalled by his sports director’s “unacceptable” feedback.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Shri Navaratnam, Muralikumar Anantharaman and Clare Fallon

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