Darshan Singh retires

Malaysian Darshan Singh Gill

Malaysian Darshan Singh Gill (Image credit: Hernan Alvarez Macias)

By Hernan Alvarez Macias in Madrid

Malaysia's Darshan Singh decided to withdraw from the UCI's presidential elections made today in Madrid. Cyclingnews spoke with him just after Pat McQuaid was elected new president. "The election has taken place and there is the result," said Singh. "We must respect the result given by the delegates.

"I withdrew because I felt I don't have the opportunity to lead all the delegates. Early on, I didn't have the names, I didn't have the addresses, so I withdrew. But never mind, I withdrew and I hoped that the election was run cleanly and the election is completed. The result is there, I can not say anything else," concluded the Malaysian. who is abandoning international cycling management today.

Meanwhile, the president of the Argentinean Cycling Federation Gabriel Curuchet was one of the voters. He commented to us, "This is a time that the world of cycling is undergoing many changes with the ProTour and with many projects for the long term. Now the UCI is in the hands of a person who has been following the UCI policy for many years. He will certainly keep on with the kind of projects that give more importance to federations like ours, that has the chance to be a part of a World Championship. This policy also tries to develop cycling outside Europe. The UCI is doing that little by little, and I think that with him [Pat McQuaid] this will continue."

Cyclingnews coverage of the UCI elections

September 24 - Spain's perspective on UCI election result
September 24 - Darshan Singh retires
September 23 - A wonderful moment for McQuaid
September 23 - McQuaid wins UCI presidential election
September 22 - IOC rejects complaints; Election to go ahead as planned
September 21 - World's opens, Spanish federation explains
September 20 - UCI committee exits Madrid
September 18 - Conflict between Schenk and UCI goes on
September 15 - Moreno not a Grand Tour stooge
September 8 - Baguet explains, Singh files third complaint
September 6 - McQuaid still UCI choice
September 3 - Verbruggen candidate for UCI presidency again
August 31 - Verbruggen nominated for UCI president
August 25 - UCI Ethics Commission meets
August 17 - Darshan Singh protests against UCI elections
Interview with Pat McQuaid: Next in line? Part II
Interview with Sylvia Schenk: Continuing her quest for Law & Order. Part II
August 6 - Moreno aims for presidency role
July 31 - UCI attacks Sylvia Schenk
Interview with Pat McQuaid: ProTour & Phonak, New teams & the UCI succession. Part II

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