UPDATE: The UCI has joined the German national cycling federation in suspending Patrick Moster for his racist comments. The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) ruled that Moster’s comments were in violation of 12.4.017 (d) of the UCI Regulations.
Moster was already suspended indefinitely by his national federation. The UCI’s suspension, which lasts until Dec. 31, 2021, reinforces that the organization “condemns all forms of racist and discriminatory behaviour and strives to ensure integrity, diversity and equality in cycling.”
Updated Aug. 6, 2021. Original article published July 26, 2021.
“Get the camel drivers, get the camel drivers, come on,” urged Patrick Moster as he yelled at his rider Nikias Arndt, who was racing behind Azzedine Lagab (Algeria) and Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier (Eritrea).
Moster, the sporting director of the German cycling federation (BDR) has apologized after he was caught on camera making the racist remarks during men’s Olympic time trial.
He told German DPA news agency: “In the heat of the moment and with the overall burden that we have here at the moment, my choice of words was not appropriate. I am extremely sorry and can only offer my sincere apologies. I didn’t want to offend anyone.”
“Such words are not acceptable”
Following the time trial Arndt took to social media to distance himself from Moster’s remarks. “I am appalled by what happened in today’s Olympic road time trial,” Arndt Tweeted. “I would like hereby to clearly distance myself from the comments of the sports director. Such words are not acceptable.
Ich bin entsetzt über die Vorfälle beim heutigen olympischen Zeitfahren und möchte mich hiermit deutlich von den Aussagen des sportlichen Direktors distanzieren! Solche Worte sind nicht akzeptabel.
— Nikias Arndt (@NikiasArndt) July 28, 2021
“The Olympics and cycling stand for tolerance, respect and fairness,” he continued. “I represent these values 100% and take my hat off to all the great athletes who have come from all over the world here in Tokyo! #united”
BDR President Rudolf Scharping said the comments were “unacceptable.”
German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) president Alfons Hörmann agreed, nothing that: “It is important that Patrick Moster apologized immediately after the competition. We will seek a personal conversation with him today and deal with the situation.”
Azzedine Lagab, who was subjected to the racist remarks, said on Twitter: “Well, there is no camel race in the #Olympics that’s why I came to cycling. At least I was there in #Tokyo2020.”
— Azzedine Lagab (@AzzedineLagab) July 28, 2021