US Cycling Federation Requesting that Pat McQuaid Submit to Arbitration before Running for Re-election
Wednesday, September, 4, 2013
The U.S. Cycling Federation has requested that Pat McQuaid, president of the International Cycling Union, submit to arbitration over a dispute centered on his upcoming bid for re-election. According to reports, despite being nominated by Morocco and Thailand, he has not received a nomination for the post from his home federation.
McQuaid plans to request that when the UCI Congress meets in Florence this month, they ratify a change in the rules that would allow how to run for re-election despite not receiving a nomination from his home federation to do so. He also has not received a nomination from Switzerland, where he resides.
Steve Johnson, USA Cycling's president and chief executive, wrote a letter to the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), which is the governing body for international competitive cycling events. In it, he stated, "The cycling world has been watching the UCI Presidential race carefully and its reaction has varied from amusement to outrage, from bewilderment to astonishment.” He went on to say, "We believe strongly enough about the legal principles involved to ask a court to resolve this constitutional dispute in due course. We also care enough about our international federation to try everything in our power to avoid a protracted battle that might cast the results of the election into doubt for many months to come."
Johnson has repeatedly stated to the press that he does not have a problem with McQuaid, personally, but feels that an “open and fair and legitimate election” should be the goal and that rules related to it should be clarified.