German cycling official banned through 2021 for using racial slur

Cycling's governing body says it suspended a German cycling official through the rest of the year for using a racial slur during the Olympic men's time trial race.

The International Cycling Union said Patrick Moster agreed to a ban from the sport until Dec. 31. Moster, the German cycling federation's sports director, won't be able to accompany his team to the road world championships in Belgium in September or the track worlds the following month.

The UCI ruled that Moster's comments "were discriminatory and contrary to the basic rules of decency."

Moster used the slur while a German rider chased opponents from Algeria and Eritrea during the race on July 28. The comment was heard on TV broadcasts.

The UCI said it "condemns all forms of racist and discriminatory behavior."

Moster was sent home by the German Olympic team a day after he used the slur, amid mounting public criticism. He remains suspended "until further notice" by his national federation.