A former Cycling Ireland board member who resigned over its decision to back Pat McQuaid for a third term as president of the UCI, has said the sport could be 'lost' if he suceeds in re-election.
Anthony Moran was eventually vindicated when Cycling Ireland reconsidered its nomination, but McQuaid sidestepped the problem by asking Swiss Cycling for their support instead.
Under UCI rules, a person can be nominated as president not only by their own national federation, but also that of their country of residence – in McQuaid’s case, Switzerland, where the UCI is based.
McQuaid remains the only declared candidate for the presidency despite wide-spread criticism of his stewardship during the Lance Armstrong scandal.
"I think USADA and WADA politicised it [the Lance Armstrong USADA report which was critical of McQuaid] for the good of the sport," Moran told the Independent.
"If nobody stands the cycling world is sending a message which is very damaging for the sport. We have had scandal after scandal and after [the USADA report] still nobody can step up and give assurances that they will move it forward on all levels. If nobody stands against him cycling is lost."
When McQuaid applied to Swiss Cycling for their backing, he accused the Irish process of being "politicised by a small group of people."
That “small group of people,” as McQuaid put it, appears to include a sizeable proportion of the rank and file members of Cycling Ireland.
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