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German Olympic coach behind “camel drivers” racist remark sent home from Tokyo

Patrick Moster, whose comment was picked up on TV during yesterday’s time trial, has also been condemned by rider Nikias Arndt

The German Olympic cycling coach caught by a TV microphone yesterday urging one of his riders during yesterday’s individual time trial at the Fuji Speedway to “catch the camel drivers” – a reference to cyclists from Eritrea and Algeria – has been sent home.

> German Olympic cycling coach caught on TV making racist comment during men’s time trial

Patrick Moster, aged 54, shouted the words at Nikias Arndt as the rider went through a feed zone, with Azzedine Lagab of Algeria and Eritrea’s Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier having passed through moments before.

Al-Jazeera reports that today, the president of Germany’s national Olympic committee, Alfons Hoermann, said: “Mr Moster violated the Olympic values.

“Fair play, respect and tolerance are not negotiable for Team Germany,” he added.

Eight-time Algerian national time trial champion Lagab, who finished 36th out of the 39 riders and made his Olympic debut in the road race at London 2012 said on Twitter: “Well, There is no camel race in #olympics that’s why I came to cycling. At least I was there in Tokyo2020.”

Yesterday, Moster insisted that he had “made a wrong choice of words.”

He added: “I am so sorry, I can only sincerely apologise. I didn’t want to discredit anyone.”

Arndt condemned the coach’s comments, saying: “I am appalled by the incidents at today's Olympic time trial and would like to distance myself clearly from the statements of the sporting director!

“Such words are not acceptable. The Olympics and cycling stand for tolerance, respect and fairness.

“I represent these values 100 per cent and take my hat off to all the great athletes who have come from all over the world here in Tokyo,” he added.

World cycling’s governing body, the UCI, has also said that it “deeply regrets” Moster’s words, without specifying what sanctions the coach may face.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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lukei1 | 2 years ago
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Good riddance. I hope they sent him back on a camel so he can spend 6 weeks thinking about his disgusting comments

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