Patrick Moster of German cycling federation used the racist phrase as he urged rider Nikias Arndt to beat opponents from Algeria and Eritrea.
Patrick Moster, the sporting director of the German cycling federation (BDR), has been forced to apologise after he was caught on camera making racist remarks during the men's Olympic road time trial.
"Get the camel drivers, get the camel drivers, come on," said the German official on Wednesday as he urged his rider Nikias Arndt, who was chasing opponents Algeria's Azzedine Lagab and Eritrea's Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier during his time trial effort.
So we are all ok with Patrick Moster saying 'get the camel drivers' to motivate Nikias Arndt to catch Algerian & Eritrean riders in the #TokyoOlympics #CyclingRoad time trials today?— Faiza (@faiza333) July 28, 2021
Yes he apologised saying he has 'friends with North African roots' 🤦🏽♀️pic.twitter.com/7a3mXUNULg
Moster invokes 'heat of the moment'
On German TV, ARD commentator Florian Nass was left stunned, describing the comments as "totally wrong".
"Words fail me," he added. "Something like that has no place in sport."
Moster has since apologised for his comments, which he said were made in the "heat of the moment".
"I was in the feed zone and cheered on Nikias Arndt," 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," he said.
"I am extremely sorry and can only offer my sincere apologies. I didn't want to offend anyone," he added.
Arndt finished the time trial in 19th place, three minutes and 45 seconds behind Slovenia's gold medalist Primoz Roglic.