German Cycling Coach Dismissed From Olympics Over Racist Comment
German cycling coach Patrick Moster was sent home from the Tokyo Olympics after a racist comment during the men’s road time trial.
Moster was heard shouting a derogatory slur targeting Middle Eastern people towards German cyclist Nikias Arndt during the time trial event.
The head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation confirmed that Moster would “no longer perform his duties as part of the cycling team.” The decision to send Moster home was reported to DOSB’s website within a day of the incident.
Moster apologized for his remarks after the incident. He claimed he was not racist and the incident was due to “the heat of the moment.”
Nonetheless, DOSB President and the Tokyo delegation leader Alfons Hormann saw a violation of Olympic Values.
Hormann said, “We remain convinced that his public apology for the racist remarks he made yesterday is sincere. With this derailment, however, Mr. Moster violated the Olympic values. Fair play, respect and tolerance are non-negotiable for Team Germany.”