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“I have not solicited this at all," says reigning UCI pres of proposed rule change...

Pat McQuaid took to RTE radio yesterday to defend himself against accusations of manipulating UCI rules in order to stand for re-election as president of cycling’s world governing body.

“I have not solicited this at all,” Mr McQuaid told The Pat Kenny Show’ Myles Dungan. “I have not broken any rules. I have not bent any rules.”

Earlier this year Mr McQuaid failed to gain nomination as a presidential candidate from the Irish cycling federation, his home organisation. He was then nominated by the Swiss federation, but that nomination is subject to a legal challenge.

The latest twist in the tale is that the Malaysian cycling federation has tabled a rule amendment that will allow a presidential candidate to be nominated by any two federations. If that rule change is passed at the UCI Congress on September 27, it will be made retrospective so that Mr McQuaid’s nominations from the Moroccan and Thai federations are considered valid, even though they were put up after the original closing date.

Mr McQuaid’s rival for the presidency, British Cycling’s Brian Cookson, has called this “an attempt to change the rules during the game.”

Three nominations

Defending his position, Mr McQuaid said: “I have three federations which have nominated me – Thailand, Swiss and Morroccans – so I have enough nominations to stand for the presidency of the UCI. You have to remember that I am in the middle of a presidency election and there are two candidates. The other side is trying to twist things to their advantage.”

Mr McQuaid denied that he had anything to do with the proposal to change the rules.

“I have not solicited this at all,” he said. “When the Malaysian federation saw what was happening back in January with myself and the Irish federation, they felt it was wrong. They decided to put that proposal forward. The UCI Congress will decide if they want to accept that proposal or not. I could not say I do not want to put that proposal on the agenda.

“I have not broken any rules. I have not bent any rules. Democracy is best served by having numerous candidates. If we were to follow your interpretation then I would just stand aside and let Brian Cookson walk straight into the UCI Presidency. My federations around the world would not thank me for that.”

Globalisation

His record as president of the UCI for the last eight years is the basis of his campaign for re-election. Mr McQuaid said that work was the reason why federations such as Morocco’s, Thailand’s and Malaysia’s had lent him their support.

“I refuse to step aside because I am standing on the work I have done in the past eight years and the globalisation of the sport is completely changed.

“I’ve built up this organisation over the past eight years, I have developed this organisation over the past eight years, I’ve globalised this sport all around the world and I’ve got a lot of support all around the world and I will continue to do that.”

The rule

He denied that seeking nomination from federations other than Ireland was a breach of the UCI Constitution, Article 51.1 of which says: “The candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate.”

Mr McQuaid said: “It states that any federation can nominate one of its members to be a candidate for the presidency or for the management committee of the UCI.

“It doesn’t state anywhere that any person cannot be a member of several federations as indeed I am.”

You can listen to the whole interview on the RTE website.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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So Pat now claims to be a member of "six or seven" Federations. His words. Six OR seven. It's getting worse.

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notfastenough [3709 posts] 3 years ago
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It's worse than that Rumpo - Velonation include a quote which isn't above:

"The fact is that I am the president of 175 federations."

No, really, I'm not kidding. The man is hallucinating.

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Not KOM [79 posts] 3 years ago
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Pat, you've gone mad with power. Let Brian Cookson take over for the love of God, and inject some sanity into this affair.

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arrieredupeleton [576 posts] 3 years ago
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Here's a spade Pat, keep digging.

If there's any justice in the world, we'll all look back on this shortly as the death throws of the McQuaid/Verbruggen axis of evil at Aigle.

The longer this issue remains top of the agenda, the less chance he has of succeeding. Hopefully.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:

It's worse than that Rumpo - Velonation include a quote which isn't above:

"The fact is that I am the president of 175 federations."

No, really, I'm not kidding. The man is hallucinating.

I noticed that one too, and thought to myself "surely Pat isn't saying that this makes him technically a member of every federation?" but I guess in Patworld, anything is not only possible, but likely. I'd agree that Pat's behaviour of late cannot be explained solely by the fact that he is quite spectacularly corrupt (something we're all used to). Most democracies have a procedure whereby an elected official can be removed if psychiatrically unfit for office. Does the UCI not have anything along these lines?

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SevenHills [211 posts] 3 years ago
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Look Pat just Feck Off!  14

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dp24 [201 posts] 3 years ago
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Pat says he "hasn't solicited this at all". I don't see him having the good grace to say "No, this is wrong" though.

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Rob PC [11 posts] 3 years ago
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The core idea is sound, having 2 federations being able to nominate a candidate. The issue is that this is being proposed as a change to the current election process, rather than the next one. And as for not having a hand in it, who does Pat think he's kidding?

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Low Speed Wobble [156 posts] 3 years ago
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Being nominated by a handful of federations is one thing, securing enough votes to win: how likely?

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antonio [1126 posts] 3 years ago
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The man is obviously a candidate for the for the next general election, a natural selection for the 'Monster Raving Loony' party.

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doc [167 posts] 3 years ago
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He didn't solicit the Malaysian proposal, I'm sure. Maybe Hein gave them that idea. Enough, all this chicanery needs to stop. Clean fight? Who was kidding who when that was said?
The only clean candidate would appear to be Brian Cookson.
If he wins, he will probably get a bit dusty when the cupboards are opened in Aigle and old skeletons fall out!

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Lifer [20 posts] 3 years ago
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I think it's a good idea, but applying it retrospectively is completely ridiculous.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Lifer wrote:

I think it's a good idea, but applying it retrospectively is completely ridiculous.

How is it a good idea? The only person who would need a nomination made via this method would be a person who is so unpopular that their own National Federation has disowned them.

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fourstringsisplenty [58 posts] 3 years ago
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I don't understand why Pat's over complicating this so. He simply has to get the Papua New Guinea cycling federation to table a motion banning men with beards from standing for President. (NB Pat, I do expect a kickback if this idea works...)

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Lungsofa74yearold [285 posts] 3 years ago
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I love a good Pat story - he is by a mile the funniest thing in world cycling at the moment. Can't understand for the life of me why he's so unpopular!?  4

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Lungsofa74yearold [285 posts] 3 years ago
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BTW, I do hope you are not trying to blacken Mr McQuaid's good name by picturing him with the author of the well known tome 'We might as well dope'?!  19

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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And now Makarov has weighed in, threatening a legal challenge to Pat's goalpost shifting. Hooray for Igor! (What am I saying?)

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Lifer [20 posts] 3 years ago
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The Rumpo Kid wrote:
Lifer wrote:

I think it's a good idea, but applying it retrospectively is completely ridiculous.

How is it a good idea? The only person who would need a nomination made via this method would be a person who is so unpopular that their own National Federation has disowned them.

Well, IMO, it will allow Federations who feel they don't have a suitable canditate within to take part in the democratic process and seek representation.

In addition to this a National Federation may vote for a canditate based on their own self-interest when a better candidate (for world cycling) may be a member of that same Federation.

I fail to see how opening up the process to the possiblity of more nominees is a bad thing.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Lifer wrote:
The Rumpo Kid wrote:
Lifer wrote:

I think it's a good idea, but applying it retrospectively is completely ridiculous.

How is it a good idea? The only person who would need a nomination made via this method would be a person who is so unpopular that their own National Federation has disowned them.

Well, IMO, it will allow Federations who feel they don't have a suitable canditate within to take part in the democratic process and seek representation.

In addition to this a National Federation may vote for a canditate based on their own self-interest when a better candidate (for world cycling) may be a member of that same Federation.

I fail to see how opening up the process to the possiblity of more nominees is a bad thing.

Isn't seeking representation the same thing as self-interest?
The problem with what you are suggesting is that a smaller Federation might nominate a candidate (who's own National Federation will not), not for the good of world cycling, but in the sure expectation of a quid pro quo.
And it isn't as if CI put up another candidate out of parochialism, irrespective of how good McQuaid is. It's that they would rather have anyone at the helm than Pat. Even an Englishman.

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Lifer [20 posts] 3 years ago
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The Rumpo Kid wrote:

Isn't seeking representation the same thing as self-interest?
The problem with what you are suggesting is that a smaller Federation might nominate a candidate (who's own National Federation will not), not for the good of world cycling, but in the sure expectation of a quid pro quo.
And it isn't as if CI put up another candidate out of parochialism, irrespective of how good McQuaid is. It's that they would rather have anyone at the helm than Pat. Even an Englishman.

Yeah I guess there is some overlap  4

The proposed system isn't perfect (although I belive it requires 'non-member' nominations to be supported by two federations?) but neither is one that only produces 2 nominees, and one of them the incumbent (again IMO).

But I can definitely agree with the 'anyone but Pat' sentiment!