Patrick Moster was apparently attempting to motivate a German rider, who was chasing a pair of riders from Algeria and Eritrea, when he made the racist comments.
The German rider he was yelling at, Nikias Arndt, quickly condemned Moster’s comments on social media.
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,” he wrote on Twitter, in part. “Such words are not acceptable. The Olympics and cycling stand for tolerance, respect and fairness.”
Arndt finished 19th in the time trial.
Moster, 54, later apologized and said he was caught in “the heat of the moment.”
“I am extremely sorry and can only offer my sincere apologies. I didn’t want to offend anyone.”
Still, the German team opted to send Moster home.
“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 team said in a statement.
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