The German Olympic Sports Confederation stated on Thursday that a cycling coach who was caught on camera using a racial slur to refer to African cyclists during a cycling race will be sent home.
According to The Hill, Patrick Moster, the sporting director of the German Cycling Federation, used the racial slur while trying to excite a German team rider competing in a time trial. When Moster was heard repeatedly telling the rider, Nikias Arndt, to “get the camel drivers,” he was trailing Eritrea’s Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Algeria’s Azzedine Lagab in the trials.
In the aftermath of the incident, the coach issued an apology.
Moster told German news agency DPA, “In the heat of the moment and with the total weight that we have here at the time, my choice of words was not suitable.” “I am deeply sorry and can only express my sincere regrets. I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.
Despite the fact that the confederation’s president, Alfons Hörmann, is “convinced” that Moster’s apology is “sincere,” he stated the coach’s words “violated Olympic standards.” Hörmann added, “Fair play, respect, and tolerance are non-negotiable.”
In a statement in response to Moster’s remarks, Arndt said he was “appalled” by what the coach had said, adding that “such statements are not acceptable,” according to Deutsche Welle.
“Tolerance, respect, and fairness are symbols of the Olympics and cycling,” the racer concluded. “I fully support these principles and salute all of the outstanding athletes who have traveled from all across the world to compete in Tokyo.”
Moster’s choice of words was also condemned by Florian Nass, a commentator who heard Moster’s comments during the trials. “If I truly understood what he was yelling, that was completely incorrect,” Nass added. “I’m at a loss for words. Such behavior has no place in sports.”
Meanwhile, Algerian Azzedine Lagab reacted to Moster’s remarks on Thursday, claiming that he has received “more hostile racist comments.” Nonetheless, he expressed his disappointment, saying, “It’s such a shame it happens in the Olympics,” as reported by NPR.
Lagab tweeted, “Well, there is no camel racing in the #olympics.” “That’s why I got into riding in the first place. At the very least, I was present at #Tokyo2020.”