Africa key in UCI presidential battle
Johannesburg – Today may be the first day of a new era for world cycling. Today, at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Brian Cookson, the president of British Cycling, will go up against Pat McQuaid for the leadership of the International Cycling Union (UCI), a battle perhaps best described as McQuaid the incumbent versus Cookson the unencumbered. Cookson wants to end McQuaid’s controversial eight-year reign as president of the UCI.
Part of their presidency battle will be decided by Africa, with Cycling SA president Willie Newman having one of the continent’s seven votes. Newman has declined to say who he will be voting for, but Morocco have nominated McQuaid for a third four-year term, which may indicate Africa will be voting as a block.
McQuaid may not get the opportunity to stand against Cookson as he was not nominated by Ireland, his home federation. That, too, will be worked out today.
McQuaid and Cookson were in Pietermaritzburg in August at the UCI Mountainbike World Championships in August to garner votes. The pair are no strangers to South Africa, having been involved in the Rapport Tour years ago, McQuaid as a rider (under a false name because of sanctions) and Cookson as a commissaire.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Cape ArgusSimilar Stories