Commentary: Oleg Tinkov’s racist tweet by Donald Trump of cycling

Oleg Tinkov’s racist tweet by the donald trump of Cycling

Yes, just days after the Tour de France ended with its first African-registered team and first black African riders to finish the race, the owner of one of the biggest teams in cycling called a powerful and well-known black man a monkey.

Last week, Tinkoff-Saxo team owner Oleg Tinkov — who, as many have pointed out, is the Donald Trump of cycling — called Barack Obama a monkey on Twitter.

Two days after Tinkov’s tweet, massive crowds in the Eritrean capital of Asmara welcomed African riders Daniel Teklehaimanot and Merhawi Kudos (MTN-Qhubeka) back from France. The pair’s route from the airport to their private reception with Eritrea’s president was reportedly lined with people, many who turned out in polka-dot clothes, in honor of the days Teklehaimanot led the Tour’s climbing competition.

Cycling hasn’t been the provincial sport it once was for a long time. But now it’s more global than ever. There is no place for racism, and no excuse to let racist abuse go unpunished.

Oleg Tinkov called a black man a monkey in a public forum. This one is cut and dried.


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