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Olympic Games | German cycling boss sent home after racist remarks


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Patrick Moster - sports director of the German Cycling Union - has been sent home from the Olympic Games after making racist comments.

Moster was reacting during the men's cycling time trial event as the German cyclist Nikias Arndt chased Azzedine Lagab from Algeria and Eritrea's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier.

The racist remark was made on TV and Arndt, who finished 19th, said he was appalled by Moster's "unacceptable" comments.

The German Olympic Confederation (DOSB) released a statement to say that the cycling sports director "will no longer carry out his duties".

The International Olympic Committee responded by saying: "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."

29 July 2021, Japan, Oyama: Cycling: Olympics, Oyama (22.10km), men, individual time trial at Fuji International Speedway. Patrick Moster, Sports Director of the BDR (German Cycling Federation), stands on the side of the track next to Azzedine Lagab from Algeria in action during the time trial. Photo: Sebastian Gollnow/dpa

In a statement, the UCI said: "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that its Disciplinary Commission has decided to provisionally suspend the German National Olympic Committee's cycling team Sport Director Patrick Moster following his inappropriate words during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 men's individual time trial.

"Following the incident on Wednesday 28 July, the UCI Disciplinary Commission urgently examined the matter and considered that Mr Moster's remarks were discriminatory and contrary to basic rules of decency, in violation of article 12.4.017 (d) of the UCI Regulations.

"This decision is without prejudice to the final decision of the UCI Disciplinary Commission or any action that may be taken by Mr Moster's National Federation, the Bund Deutscher Radfahrer.

"The UCI condemns all forms of racist and discriminatory behaviour and strives to ensure integrity, diversity and equality in cycling."

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