Author Topic: Brian Cookson for UCI president  (Read 6478 times)

spesh

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2013, 02:59:46 pm »
Pat McQuaid's nomination as a candidate for UCI prez is the gift that keeps on giving...

Swiss publication Neue Zürcher Zeitung claimed today that his membership of Swiss Cycling was only taken out in May - and it must have been very early in the month, given that Swiss Cycling nominated him for a third term on May 16th. Funny how it was just after Cycling Ireland had announced on April 26th that they were calling an EGM to discuss their nomination of him, neh?  :demon:

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15191/Swiss-Cycling-confirms-that-McQuaid-only-became-a-member-in-May-of-this-year.aspx

And props to Malaysia's Sports Minister for telling the Malaysian National Cycling Federation to get their priorities right.  ;D

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15167/McQuaid-vs-Cookson-Malaysian-federation-told-to-concentrate-on-home-matters-rather-than-international-politics.aspx
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spesh

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #26 on: August 17, 2013, 05:48:48 pm »
A number of news outlets are running with a story that broke on insidethegames.biz, which fingers Christophe Hubschmid, general director of the UCI, and Amina Lanaya, its head of legal services, as being heavily involved with the motions to change Article 51 of the UCI Constitution tabled by the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) and Malaysian National Cycling Federation. In particular, the UCI itself introduced the most controversial part of the proposal, namely the back-dating of the application thereof, in the event of said motions being approved. 

http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/cycling/1015561-exclusive-new-doubts-over-transparency-of-uci-election-after-correspondence-shows-staff-intervened-in-drafting-rule-change

Velonation's report on the latest confirmation that McQuaid's re-election bid stinks worse than a dead woodchuck that's been mouldering under the porch all through a sticky Deep South summer also covers the Lithuanian federation threatening legal action:

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15253/McQuaid-vs-Cookson-UCI-staff-sought-controversial-addition-to-Malaysian-federation-proposal-over-presidency.aspx

EDIT

Another good piece on the nomination saga from the Inner Ring:

http://inrng.com/2013/08/uci-presidential-elections-mcquaid-nomination-dispute/
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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #27 on: August 18, 2013, 02:54:07 pm »
If, please God, McQaid is not reelected, he has all the credentials for a  future in merchant banking.
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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #28 on: August 18, 2013, 02:57:25 pm »
Actually, I think he'd make an ideal choice to replace Blatter as President of FIFA.

Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #29 on: August 18, 2013, 03:14:03 pm »
Blatter-McQuaid. Would have made a good rival to Ewing Oil.
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Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #30 on: August 20, 2013, 08:29:54 pm »
 Pat, while being interviewed about the mud being slung at him by the Russians, made the following comment:

“Verbruggen, to the best of my knowledge, he wouldn’t even know how to contact anyone in Malaysia right now.”

He'd been asked if verbruggen had been pulling strings from behind the scenes and denied this has been the case for a number of years.

Nothing had been mentioned about Malaysia until Pat fucked up brought it up.

Its all the more interesting given that the Swiss appear to be about to pull the plug on their nomination.

spesh

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2013, 11:18:22 pm »
And lo...

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15285/Swiss-Cycling-abandons-McQuaid-nomination-Irishmans-candidacy-for-third-term-as-president-under-question.aspx

EDIT:

The Inner Ring's summary of the Swiss volte-face:

http://inrng.com/2013/08/mcquaids-swiss-role-reversal/#more-16464

And there is still Chekov's gun, in the form of Makarov's dirt dossier on PMQ. What's the betting that it goes off during the World Championships?


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spesh

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #32 on: August 22, 2013, 11:36:37 am »
It now appears that nominating McQuaid has ultimately cost the head of the Swiss Cycling federation his job:

https://twitter.com/inrng/statuses/370466707690627072
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Richard Chassot resigns as President of Swiss Cycling after disagreement with its board, via @TourDeRomandie. Presumably over McQuaid case

Gerard Vroomen's latest blog post sheds a lot of light on the relationship between Chassot and McQuaid.

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  • It is clear from their meeting minutes that the Swiss Cycling board did not agree to nominate McQuaid in their meeting, but rather to wait a little and look into it further. The federation president, Richard Chassot, then announced the nomination.
  • It should be noted that Chassot is a long-standing (more than 24 hours) friend of McQuaid. He was on the witness list on McQuaid’s behalf in the lawsuit against Paul Kimmage. He is also on the board of the World Cycling Centre chaired by McQuaid.
  • Furthermore, and maybe most damning, Chassot owns the company that organizes the Tour de Romandie. Unlike the Tour de Suisse, of which the rights are owned by the Swiss federation, those for the Tour de Romandie is held by Mr. Chassot’s private company.
  • This makes Mr. Chassot financially dependent on the UCI, since it is the World Tour status awarded by the UCI that allows the Tour de Romandie to make money. In fact, Mr. Chassot stated during the Swiss board meeting that supporting McQuaid “would contribute to ensure the position of the Tour de Romandie and the Tour de Suisse”. If you ever wondered how such a small race could obtain World Tour status, follow the Swiss lawsuit.
  • The rules of Swiss Cycling clearly states that “if a member of the board has a personal interest in the matter, he or she can not participate in the decision”. But not only was Mr. Chassot present, he was the one pushing the case for McQuaid.

In other words, Mr. Chassot second-guessed or pre-empted the Swiss Cycling board, when he should have recused himself from the nomination process in the first place. Seeing as Swiss Cycling's nomination was subject to a lawsuit, which if they lost, could bankrupt them (which is undoubtedly why they withdrew their nomination earlier this week), I suspect that the board must have suggested - quite firmly - that Mr. Chassot should go. Not least because what I've quoted above from GV's blog suggests that Mr. Chassot's sense of integrity is possibly almost as atrophied as Mr. McQuaid's.

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2013, 10:39:26 pm »
Cookson has the backing of Cycling Australia. Could be significant.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cycling-australia-to-back-cookson-in-uci-presidential-race
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #34 on: August 26, 2013, 10:53:11 pm »
Cycling Australia's decision is almost certainly based on politics, not ethics.
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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #35 on: August 26, 2013, 11:13:44 pm »
Given the choice of candidates it is all about ethics.
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LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2013, 11:21:00 pm »
Pat smells too bad these days but has had plenty of support for years. I don't think CA has finally discovered ethics.
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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #37 on: August 27, 2013, 08:35:13 am »
Just north of lunnon, innit?
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Hillbilly

Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #38 on: August 27, 2013, 08:58:06 am »
No doubt there is a bit of monetary consideration when making the decisions. 

Which president promises to bung the biggest revenue generating events in the direction of the national bodies.

Or which leaves the biggest brown envelope as a welcome gift in the delegate's bedroom.  Actually, this isn't FIFA.

David Martin

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #39 on: August 27, 2013, 10:02:12 am »
I don't think FIFA have a monopoly on brown envelopes. Can you imagine Cookson getting many votes from Asia if he speaks up viociferously about the scandals in the Tour of Borneo drug testing (or lack of)
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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #40 on: September 05, 2013, 07:34:51 am »
Meanwhile a Texan Judge orders Armstrong to provide a written response on what he knows, which should precipitate an account of the alleged drug test cover ups and bungs to the UCI, but probably won't.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/armstrong-ordered-to-answer-doping-questions-as-legal-case-closes-in

The Canadians have come out against Pat, having previously been in support of him, and we still have lots of dirt to look forward to which will, no doubt, surface when the Worlds are on. 

Time to stock up on popcorn...


Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #41 on: September 05, 2013, 09:29:26 am »
There's a wonderful kicker in the bottom of that article, just slid in:

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A judge in California is also considering a class-action lawsuit by readers of his book 'It's Not About the Bike'.

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #43 on: September 06, 2013, 02:18:36 pm »
Is anyone publicly supporting McQuaid?

Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #44 on: September 06, 2013, 03:10:21 pm »
All these high profile endorsements (Daniel Baal, Brailsford, Sir Hoy etc) for BC are very encouraging, but ultimately its the federations who have all the say. It may depend on how many 'sweeteners' Underhand Pat has previously handed out/promised.
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spesh

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #45 on: September 06, 2013, 03:30:37 pm »
This is quite interesting:

Quote from: Velonation
With the UCI presidential election now just 25 days* away and considerable uncertainty existing about whether or not Pat McQuaid has a valid nomination, several federations have called on the incumbent president to agree to a CAS hearing in order to determine the true meaning of Article 5.1 of the UCI Constitution.

USA Cycling, the Russian Cycling Federation, the Finnish Cycling Union, the Federation Algerienne de Cyclisme and Cycling Canada have all written to the UCI president pointing out the uncertainty that exists over his interpretation of Article 51.1.


* As of 02/09/13

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15383/UCI-presidential-election-International-federations-call-on-McQuaid-to-agree-to-a-CAS-ruling-on-Article-511.aspx

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15387/USA-Cycling-CEO-Johnson-says-CAS-review-of-Article-511-is-vital-for-UCI-presidential-election.aspx

And CAS have confirmed that they could be able to make a ruling on Article 51.1 before the presidential election:

http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/15394/CAS-confirms-it-could-rule-on-UCI-Article-511-in-time-before-presidential-election.aspx

The chances of Pat McQuaid's Humpty Dumpty-style interpretation of the UCI Constitution (“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more, nor less.”) biting him on the arse have just increased, methinks.
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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #46 on: September 06, 2013, 03:38:09 pm »
Ah. So declared support from Morocco and Thailand, those two powerhouses of cycling.

Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #47 on: September 06, 2013, 06:07:32 pm »
Working my way up to inferior.

Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #48 on: September 10, 2013, 08:40:14 am »
A summary of the 'dossier' has been leaked to Velonews.

Velonews article.

It looks a bit flimsy - several of the paras refer to 'testimonial evidence' about McQuaid's reaction to the reading the the report and lying about not having read it - but there is reference to UCI trying to bribe Contador to cover up the 2010 positive, which is new, I think. And more 'testimonial and documentary' evidence to do with an attempted bribe from a named team in late summer of 2012.

Oh, and more to the point, the dossier was compiled by Makarov.

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Re: Brian Cookson for UCI president
« Reply #49 on: September 10, 2013, 09:15:42 am »
Vote for me or else.......

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/24026002


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