The racist remark made by Germany cycling coach Patrick Moster, during the men’s road time trial on Wednesday, in the ongoing Tokyo Olympics has prompted his dismissal from the competition.
According to CNN, the head of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) Moster was told to return to his home in Germany, since he will “no longer perform his duties as part of the cycling team” at Tokyo 2020.
Almost 24 hours after the incident occurred, the decision was posted to DOSB’s website Reuters reports.
Other sources also reported that Moster, the sporting director of the German cycling federation, was overheard shouting a derogatory slur — a reference to Middle Eastern people — to German cyclist Nikias Arndt during the event.
On his feelings after the statement was made, Reuters reported that Moster, who claimed not to be a racist, later apologized for the remarks, blaming “the heat of the moment,”
On the side of DOSB President and Tokyo delegation leader Alfons Hörmann, Moster did contrary to his claims, stressing that he had “violated” Olympic values.
In the words of Hörmann, “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],”
In the view of the International Olympic Committee, the decision to send Moster home, was appropriate, because his comments had “no place” at the games, Reuters reported.