McQuaid Claims He “Transformed Sport” as UCI President, While Launching Manifesto for Third Term
Pat McQuaid launched his manifesto as he seeks a third term as president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), claiming that he was fully committed to the fight against doping.
The Irishman, first elected as President of the UCI in 2005, is facing a challenge for the top job in cycling from Britain’s Brian Cookson amid concerns over his role in the Lance Armstrong scandal.
But, in the manifesto, titled “A Bright Future for a Changed Sport” and launched on the rest day of the Tour de France, McQuaid insists that he has done more than anyone to try to clean the sport up.
“I am delighted to launch my re-election campaign and to present my vision for cycling’s future to the cycling family whose support over the past eight years has enabled me to transform our sport,” McQuaid said. “Cycling has changed since I was first elected as UCI President in 2005. It is now a global sport. It is now possible to race and win clean. We have traveled a great distance together and we must never turn back from cycling’s bright future.”
“Riders of today need to be respected for what they are trying to do, which is to race clean and race without a doping program.”
“Unfortunately under his Presidency far too much energy and resource have been devoted to destructive feuding and conflict rather than grabbing hold of the issues, listening to the right people and delivering solutions.
“In his manifesto he talks about the UCI Stakeholders Consultation but I think he fails to address the number one critical recommendation – that the UCI ‘must take the steps necessary to restore cycling’s and its own credibility, in particular in relation to the public perception of cycling’s anti-doping measures and current UCI leadership’.
“It is my belief and that of many others that we need a complete change of leadership in order to successfully achieve this.”
To read the full manifesto click here.
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