Malaysian sport minister slaps wrists of cycling federation over support for Pat McQuaid

MNCF action "has to benefit the development of Malaysian cycling" says minister

by John Stevenson   August 6, 2013  

Pat McQuaid at the Tour Down Under (photo credit credit Santos Tour Down Under : John Veage).jpg

The Malaysian cycling federation (MNCF)has had its wrists slapped by the country’s sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin over its involvement in an attempt to change the rules governing presidential elections in cycling’s governing body the UCI.

“I don’t wish to interfere in the MNCF’s choice of who it wants to support in the UCI elections,” said Khairy. “But I wish to remind them that the focus of their efforts and priorities should be towards the wellbeing and development of our national cyclists and the events under their care, like our premier event Le Tour de Langkawi.”

The MNCF has tabled a motion for the UCI Congress in Florence on September 27 that would permit any two national federations to nominate a candidate for the UCI presidency. If approved, the rule change would be back-dated to allow Thailand and Morocco to nominate incumbent UCI president Pat McQuaid.

Mr McQuaid has so far been unable to secure an undisputed nomination. His home federation, Cycling Ireland, initially put him up for the job, but that nomination was quashed on procedural grounds and a vote of Cycling Ireland’s member clubs declined to support him.

The Swiss cycling federation then stepped in to nominate Mr McQuaid, but that nomination is subject to a legal challenge from three members of Swiss Cycling, financially supported by Jaimie Fuller of the clothing company Skins. Mr Fuller, founder of the Change Cycling now group, has been a vocal critic of Mr McQuaid and the UCI’s handling of the Lance Armstrong affair.

Mr McQuaid claims he did not solicit the proposed rule change.

Russian cycling federation president Igor Marakov has threatened to use all possible legal means to overturn the rule change if it gets up, and Mr McQuaid’s rival for the presidency, Brian Cookson of British Cycling, has called it “an attempt to change the rules during the game.”

Khairy acknowledged the debate that has surrounded this UCI presidential election, and reminded the MNCF of its primary role.

“As it is, this is a highly controversial issue, so I would not want to interfere in the political choices of the MNCF, or whoever they wish to support in this elections. They must remember that whatever they do, it has to benefit the development of Malaysian cycling,” he said.

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Big Grin

Ok Pat time to leave and take up your job with the IOC....

posted by Wookster [58 posts]
6th August 2013 - 18:22

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As one door closes, another one slams shut...!

Go Pat, but don't take a job at the IOC if it means you'll end up trying to kick the sport out of the Olympics.

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2612 posts]
6th August 2013 - 23:20

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What is this IOC job?

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1303 posts]
7th August 2013 - 11:33

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cat1commuter wrote:
What is this IOC job?

Verbruggen is a member of the IOC (he is now in an honorary role) but will ensure that his old mate Pat will get a job with them.

posted by zanf [382 posts]
7th August 2013 - 12:43

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Check the IOC members list, Pat McQuaid is listed as a member already, according to that.

Doc

posted by doc [167 posts]
7th August 2013 - 16:39

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