Cookson: Swiss withdrawal of support for McQuaid "of real significance"

British Cycling's UCI presidential candidate also downplays "legal bluster" around the Thai/Moroccan nominations

by Simon_MacMichael   August 21, 2013  

Brian Cookson (copright Britishcycling.org.uk)

British Cycling president Brian Cookson has hailed the decision of Swiss Cycling to withdraw its nomination of his rival in the UCI presidential election next month, Pat McQuaid, as being “of real significance to the Presidential election process.”

Swiss Cycling formally confirmed this morning in a brief statement published on its website that it had withdrawn the nomination.

Cookson said: “It leaves Mr McQuaid in a very difficult position, particularly when viewed alongside his failure to receive a nomination from his own national federation as required under the constitution of the UCI.

“It also places further question marks against his other 'nominations' whose validity is in serious doubt and remain a matter of genuine concern to many in the cycling world.”

McQuaid’s attempt to secure a third term as UCI president now rest on the UCI World Congress voting to adopt a proposed rule change that would allow candidates to be nominated by any two national federations.

Controversially, that rule change would be applied retroactively, if the proposals, made by the Malaysian federation, are adopted in full.

The Thai and Moroccan federations have nominated McQuaid, whose endorsement by Cycling Ireland was rejected at an emergency general meeting in Dublin in May.

Yesterday, it emerged that law firm Baker & McKenzie’s Geneva office had provided a legal opinion to the UCI in which it maintained that the proposed rule change was lawful and did not conflict with the UCI’s constitution.

However, Cookson insists that such manoeuvres undermine the electoral process.

“No attempts at manipulation and legal bluster can take away the doubts and questions,” he explained.

“The important principle in any democracy is that you must respect the rules as they are, not how you'd like them to be.

“My hope remains that we have a democratic process based on the rules of the race when it started rather than those made up half way through.



“For my part I remain focussed on setting out the policies and the vision that I believe is needed for the UCI and the sport of cycling to move forward.

“I am proud of the total support I have from my own federation, British Cycling, and the growing support I am receiving from the international cycling community as this election unfolds,” he concluded.

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OCD alert - controversially* (sorry! I'm a goon)

I wonder what the motives for nomination from Thailand and Morocco were... (other than maybe they just didn't care all that much and thought it easier to leave the nominations there?)

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
21st August 2013 - 10:07

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Maybe the promise to Thailand that the Tour of Langkawi will get World Tour status?

I'm sure Morocco would receive benefits of some sort as well.

I wonder if they have a plan B if the Rat doesn't win?

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posted by I love my bike [48 posts]
21st August 2013 - 10:34

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I love my bike wrote:
Maybe the promise to Thailand that the Tour of Langkawi will get World Tour status?

I'm sure Morocco would receive benefits of some sort as well.

I wonder if they have a plan B if the Rat doesn't win?


McQuaid's plans run from A to Z!

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posted by antonio [984 posts]
21st August 2013 - 10:43

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I love my bike wrote:
Maybe the promise to Thailand that the Tour of Langkawi will get World Tour status?

I'm sure Morocco would receive benefits of some sort as well.

Ah that would make sense then!

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posted by mooleur [542 posts]
21st August 2013 - 10:49

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I love my bike wrote:
Maybe the promise to Thailand that the Tour of Langkawi will get World Tour status?

Not sure that Thailand would find that an entirely compelling quid pro quo, given that Langkawi is part of Malaysia Wink

posted by David Portland [89 posts]
21st August 2013 - 11:04

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McQuaid’s attempt to secure a third term as UCI president now rest on the UCI World Congress voting to adopt a proposed rule change that would allow candidates to be nominated by any two national federations.

Question; If he was nominated by Ireland then also by Switzerland wouldn't that be 2 federations? Or did he switch when he realised he'd lose Irish support? So at this point, will he not now switch to 1 of the other 2 anyway, irrespective of this congress vote.

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posted by STATO [420 posts]
21st August 2013 - 11:22

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How could anyone support McQuaid when his own federation won't. Also this rule change only doesn't violate an explicit part of the UCI constitution because no one thought anyone would be so undemocratic as to try and retroactively apply election changes. Guess McQuaid proved them wrong!

posted by jarredscycling [457 posts]
21st August 2013 - 13:34

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