IOC denies asking for track events to be cut

The dispute over the removal of the kilometre and 500m time trial from the Olympics in Beijing is getting more complex, with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) denying claims by the UCI's Pat McQuaid that it specifically asked for track events to be culled.

Yesterday, McQuaid was quoted by as saying, "They [the IOC] came to us 18 months ago asking for the inclusion of BMX. We agreed to that and knew we'd have to drop two medals to accommodate BMX. We didn't make any decision at the time. We tried to brazen it out with the IOC, hoping they'd forget about events having to be excluded. It was the IOC who told us to exclude track events, not road, because the women's 500m, for instance, was only introduced [into the Olympics] at Sydney [in 2000]."

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