Cyclings Darth Vader wants another shot at the galaxy: Pat McQuaid refuses to go down
Cycling is, once again, locked in an existential battle. It is election time at the International Cycling Union (UCI) and slime coated incumbent president, Pat McQuaid, could teach African Big Boys a thing or two about rigging the vote. The sport’s corruption extends from the syringe to the ballot box, and the only salvation is McQuaid’s defeat.
Christopher Froome became the first African-born athlete to escort the yellow jersey into Paris. Local heroes MTN-Qhubeka won a Spring Classic and have been earning their stripes in the European big leagues.
Tens of Africans, like Pretoria’s Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, are making a living on international teams riding the Grand Tours. Well, allow UCI president Pat McQuaid to befoul all the good cheer.
Following this year’s UCI Road World Championships, to be held in Tuscany in late September, McQuaid will fight for a third term at the top, using every dirty tactic in the book, several of which seem borrowed from either a Bush’s Florida-based legal team, or a paramilitary African dictator following a bloody coup. How much of a sleazebag is McQuaid, who plays Darth Vader to former president Hein Verbruggen’s Emperor Palpatine? Words fail.
Like any rotten institution, election time means the leaking of scurrilous accusations alleging financial misdeeds and general awfulness so out of whack with the principles of sports that one fears for the future of our species.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Daily MaverickSimilar Stories