(AP) — A German cycling
official will be kicked out of the Olympics
for using a racist
slur during the men's time trial
, the country's team announced Thursday.
During Wednesday's time trial, German cycling federation sports
director Patrick Moster used the slur while urging German rider Nikias Arndt to catch up to riders from the African nations of Algeria and Eritrea, which was broadcast on TV and widely condemned in Germany
Moster later apologized, and the German team initially said he would stay in Tokyo. On Thursday, German Olympic committee president
Alfons Hörmann said Moster's apology
was "sincere," but he "breached the Olympic values."
Hörmann went on to say that for the German team, “fair play, respect, and tolerance... are non-negotiable.”
During the time trial, Arndt, the rider Moster was addressing, slammed the official's remarks.
“I am appalled by the incident at today
’s Olympic time trial and would like to clearly distance myself from the sporting director’s statements,” he wrote on social media
Wednesday. “Such words are not acceptable.”
Arndt shared a photo of the Olympic rings with the caption "Cycling against racism
!" on Thursday.