ATHENS OLYMPICS: German cyclist facesno national sanctions over gesture

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16 August 2004 , ATHENS - German cyclist Judith Arndt will not face sanctions from the country's Olympic committee for making an obscene gesture at the end of the Athens Games' road race, officials said on Monday. Officials said that they would take no action after the silver medallist Arndt was fined SFr 200 (EUR 130) by the ruling body UCI. She later issued a public apology. Arndt stuck her middle finger into the air as she crossed the line on Sunday. It was first believed that the gesture broadcast acro

16 August 2004

ATHENS - German cyclist Judith Arndt will not face sanctions from the country's Olympic committee for making an obscene gesture at the end of the Athens Games' road race, officials said on Monday.

Officials said that they would take no action after the silver medallist Arndt was fined SFr 200 (EUR 130) by the ruling body UCI. She later issued a public apology.

Arndt stuck her middle finger into the air as she crossed the line on Sunday.

It was first believed that the gesture broadcast across the world was directed at Australian gold medallist Sara Carrigan.

But it turned out to be at at German cycling officials because they had controversially omitted national champion Petra Rossner, who is also her partner, from the Olympics.

"We are happy with silver but it could have been gold. Our tactics would have different with Petra. She is the best sprinter in the world," said Arndt.

But she later apologised: "It was in the heat of the moment. I realised only later that I am a role model."

Arndt is the second prominent German athlete to make the gesture at a major sports events.

Footballer Stefan Effenberg did the same, in the direction of German fans, at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. He was swiftly kicked out of the team and sent home.

DPA

Subject: German news 

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