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McQuaid celebrates Cycling Ireland endorsement

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April 13, 2013, 11:10,
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Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, April 13, 2013
UCI President Pat McQuaid tried to defend the UCI's record on doping

UCI President Pat McQuaid tried to defend the UCI's record on doping

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Irishman agrees to raise concerns to UCI Management Committee

Pat McQuaid has confirmed he will raise a series of concerns with the UCI Management Committee regarding governance, ethics and terms of office as a consequence of securing the formal nomination for a third term as UCI president from Cycling Ireland, his national governing body.

The Irishman was under pressure and his record was under scrutiny after years of doping scandals and accusations of poor management under his tenure at the UCI. However he swung the vote with a presentation and a face-saving compromise in Dublin on Friday night.

“I am delighted and honoured that the board of Cycling Ireland has endorsed my nomination as a candidate for the Presidency of the UCI in September 2013," McQuaid said in a press release issued by the UCI on Saturday after preferring not to speak to Cyclingnews directly.

“I put myself forward to serve another term as UCI President on my record of developing the sport throughout the world and on combating the scourge of doping in cycling. I engaged thoroughly with board members on both subjects and I welcome their recognition of my achievements and their confidence in me as UCI President."

A series of concerns

McQuaid agreed to raise the concerns of the Cycling Ireland board and their requests for rule changes that would limit a UCI president and vice-president to just two terms in power.

Cycling Ireland also called for "an independent review of the system of internal controls and processes at the UCI", and "engagement with Stakeholders to re-write the existing Governance Code and the Code of Ethics, as set out in the Constitution of the UCI."

However McQuaid's sway over the powerful Management Committee means these requests could fall on deaf ears and will only affect future presidential elections. McQuaid is unlikely to stand for a fourth term as UCI President in 2017.

"The board has requested that I raise certain concerns on governance issues with the UCI Management Committee and I have undertaken to do so," McQuaid said.

“I have set an ambitious agenda to continue developing the sport and to ensure that it remains at the forefront of the fight against doping in sport. I look forward to presenting myself for election with the support of my national federation and other federations worldwide.”

The next UCI president will be voted during the annual UCI congress that will be held during the world road race championships in Florence in September. So far no other formal candidates have stepped forward to challenge McQuaid and stop him securing a third term as UCI President.

Chuck_T More than 1 year ago
A seriously deluded individual.
ceramiccyclist More than 1 year ago
If Irish Cycling wants and "Independent Review" the first thing they need to do is remove Pat McQuaid. Why is it that anyone who gets into anything vaguely political loses their spine the moment they get there?
bikeracer More than 1 year ago
If this guy gets elected for another term.......then it will already confirm what we know......the UCI is a joke and puppet organization.
orbeas More than 1 year ago
Anyone who thought that there would be another outcome does not understand the UCI.. McQuaid has surounded himself with his 'Irish Mafia' clan so there is no chance of ever getting rid of him !!!! Looks like we are stuck with the baffoon for the next 4 years..
John Davies More than 1 year ago
No doubt British Cycling will nominate Cookson - God help cycling if that one happens but if McQuaid retains his position then cycling had once again demonstrated its complete lack of electing anyone with a sense of independent leadership and impartiality.
rule#5 More than 1 year ago
step down,you d-bag.
biker jk More than 1 year ago
The UCI certainly is comedy gold! You couldn't make it up.
RobbieCanuck More than 1 year ago
Cycling Ireland is completely out of touch with reality. Without question Pat McQuaid is absolutely the last person to lead the UCI. How CI can ignore the wilfull blindness of McQuaid in dealing with the doping crisis, his inability to be proactive, his obvious conflict of interest with his personal promotion business, his inconsistent and ambiguous positions on all manner of issues and his complete lack of credibility is mindboggling. His nomination is absurd! I suspect the CI board drank a tad too much Guiness before the nominating meeting, because otherwised their decision is insane. It is imperative that some other national federation have the intestinal fortitude to condemn this decision in the most vocal way and nominate a credible challenger. Otherwise cycling will continue to wander further adrift under this incompetent non leader.
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
Not supporting McQuaid, but who do you recomend to run the UCI?
PeterMc More than 1 year ago
Also do you want the UCI to continue as an international body over seeing (with out any true control) multiple self centered national bodies? Do you want to see it also be the wippind boy for organisations such as WADA? I don't believe the UCI is the problem... I believe it is the "whole" cycling business that is the problem. UCI is the governing body held to ransom by national bodies (ref the Spanish Cycling handling of adverse findings), international bodies (ref WADA who doesn't care about any other Olympic sport for fear of upsetting governments like Australia with it's Stilnox swimmers), and business like ASO who own the major races... I ask you to put your business head on and explain how, under the current conditions McQuaid or his successor could do anything to change what is happening?