McQuaid receives Cycling Ireland's nomination for third term

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International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid at the 2013 Tour of Flanders (Sirotti)

International Cycling Union (UCI) President Pat McQuaid has received the nomination of the board of Cycling Ireland (CI) to seek a third term as head of the world governing body.

At its Board meeting on the 12th of April, the Board of Cycling Ireland agreed to the nomination request from Pat McQuaid for the President of the UCI.

McQuaid now faces an international vote in September during the UCI Road World Championships in Florence, however the Irish nomination comes with several strings attached.

The board agreed to the nomination only if McQuaid raised specific concerns related to management issues, one of them ironically limiting the period for which a UCI president or vice president sits, to a maximum of two four-year terms.

"The Board requested that Pat McQuaid would raise with the UCI Management Committee certain concerns on governance issues which they would consider for tabling at the 2013 UCI Congress," Cycling Ireland said in a released statement.

The issues are:

  • 1. An independent review of the system of internal controls and processes at the UCI, with the findings to be published and the recommendations implemented.
  • 2. Engagement with Stakeholders to re-write the existing Governance Code and the Code of Ethics, as set out in the Constitution of the UCI.3.
  • 3. The following proposals are to be put forward to UCI Management Committee for tabling at the 2013 Congress at:
  • A limitation on the period for which a president or vice president can serve in the UCI as follows effective after the 2013 Congress:
  • The maximum number of two four year terms.
  • No president, vice president or management committee member can serve the UCI for more than 16 years in total over their life time, in any capacity (paid, voluntary or other).
  • That co-opted management committee members are permitted to vote on all matters which management committee members are entitled to vote.

McQuaid has come under increasing pressure from stakeholders inside and outside the sport, with most calling for his resignation. However he has received support from powerful quarters, including International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge.

“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," said McQuaid.

“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.

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

“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.”

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