UCI urged to review kilo cull decision; IOC would not object

Many national cycle federations are now informally urging the Union Cycliste Internationale to re-run the survey to find out which two cycling events should be culled from the 2008 Olympics. Track fans can play their part by emailing their national federations with a set of questions to be asked of the UCI.
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The UCI is standing firm behind its decision to cull from the Beijing Olympics the men's kilo and the women's 500m time trial.

Last week, a petition containing 10 679 names was handed to Pat McQuaid, the UCI's president elect, by the editor/publisher of BikeBiz.com and track rider Julie Dominguez.

In a full page article in the UK's Cycling Weekly magazine, published yesterday, McQuaid said he was "livid" at finding himself in what Cycling Weekly called "the centre of an embarrassing controversy."

He told Cycling Weekly that his comments, made at the handing over of the petition at the UCI's HQ in Switzerland, were "off the record".

In a blistering phone call to BikeBiz.com editor Carlton Reid earlier this week, McQuaid changed this claim. He said: "In my mind it was off the record."

He had made explosive comments about the fury of the Beijing Olympic committee, and the inability of the Chinese cycling federation (its best hope of a cycling gold was in the women's 500m) to find more trackies in a country of billions of cyclists. This week he admitted he had been "naive".

His claim from last Thursday that the International Olympic Committee had demanded it was to be track events culled and not road events was swiftly denied by the Switzerland-based IOC.

Were the UCI to re-run the survey asking which two cycle events should be culled from the Olympics, there would be no opposition from the IOC.

It is BikeBiz.com's understanding that there are no IOC rules saying the UCI cannot reverse its event deletion decision. The UCI's decision to drop certain events is not subject to IOC's executive approval. It's just "two in, two out." The International Olympic Committee would accept any cull decision from the UCI, the current one or any future one.

The current decision was taken after a March 2005 survey of 24 national cycle federations.

It's believed many federations voted to exclude the road time trial with only a small proportion voting for the exclusion of the kilo. However, some of the federations surveyed said they were asked to vote on all existing events, and were not told that any votes for a road event would not be counted.

Internal UCI documents, seen by BikeBiz.com, show that the UCI had already decided it would be track events culled from the Olympics, not road. So, the inclusion of road events on the March survey calls into question the validity of the survey's results.

Despite many requests from national cycle federations, the UCI has not so far published the survey questions or the full results.

McQuaid refused to be drawn on vote rigging claims, telling Cycling Weekly that "all the federations gave track options."

"It is incorrect to say that the majority called for road events," he said.

This comment seems to indicate road events were on the March survey.

It is time for the UCI to come clean. If the organisation has nothing to hide, it will publish the survey questions in full and the results in full. It should also publish the cull survey emails sent by Hein Verbruggen, UCI president, to the six federations which supplied not just survey answers but in-depth reports on which events should be culled.

Openness is supposed to be enshrined in the UCI's 'rules of good governance'. The organisation is meant to meet the "strictest criteria in terms of transparency" and "democracy."

If the UCI hopes to ride this one out, as it has ignored complaints in the past, perhaps the 10 679 who signed the petition in the eight days it was online might like to email their own national federations to see what, if any, questions are being asked of the UCI?

There's a list of federation email contacts below. Many of the federations have told BikeBiz.com privately they are already exerting pressure on the UCI and would welcome other federations joining in.

The UCI's 'rules of good governance' state that the UCI is "solely competent to represent the interests of 170 [national federations], which it is made up of. In all its actions, the UCI endeavours to respect the interests of each one and of all [national federations] which are affiliated to it."

If track fans get answers from their national federations, please let BikeBiz.com know. We'll keep a tally.

uci@bikebiz.com

If your national federation is not on this list, try the address list on the UCI website:

http://www.uci.ch/modello.asp?1stLevelID=A&level1=2&level2=2&idnews=1684

DUTCH ANTILLEAN CYCLING FEDERATION:

vistabik@cura.net

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA AMATEUR CYCLING ASSOCIATION:

cliffw@candw.ag

CYCLING AUSTRALIA

acf.info@cycling.org.au

BERMUDA BICYCLE ASSOCIATION

dkb@northrock.bm

CYCLING FEDERATION OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

bisabih@blic.net

BELIZE AMATEUR CYCLING ASSOCIATION:

cyclingbze@yahoo.com?lettywes@hotmail.com

FED. BURUNDAISE DE CYCLISME

ntibagirimvo@yahoo.fr

BELARUSSIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

belcycling@mail.ru

FEDERACION BOLIVIANA DE CICLISMO

fedbolbike@hotmail.com

CONFEDERACAO BRASILEIRA DE CICLISMO

vania.cbc@caloi.esp.br

BAHRAIN CYCLING ASSOCIATION

bahraincycling@hotmail.com

BRUNEI DARUSSALAM CYCLING FEDERATION

rosli@bruneicycling.org

BULGARIAN CYCLING UNION

ubc@ttm.bg

CANADIAN CYCLING ASSOCIATION

general@canadian-cycling.com

CAYMAN ISLANDS CYCLING ASSOCIATION:

tankak57@yahoo.com

FEDERACION CICLISTA DE CHILE

fecichile@coch.cl

CHINESE CYCLING ASSOCIATION

admin@chncycling.com

FEDERATION CAMEROUNAISE DE CYCLISME

fecacyclism@yahoo.com

FEDERACION COLOMBIANA DE CICLISMO

feciclismo@etb.net.co

FEDERATION COMORIENNE DE CYCLISME

cti@snpt.km

FED. COSTARRICENSE DE CICLISMO

fecoci@sol.racsa.co.cr

FEDERACION CUBANA DE CICLISMO

panaci@enet.cu

CYPRUS CYCLING FEDERATION

ccf@cytanet.com.cy

CZECH CYCLING FEDERATION

silnicnikolo@seznam.cz

DANMARKS CYKLE UNION

dcu@dcu.cykling.dk

FED. DOMINICANA DE CICLISMO

fdom.ciclismo@verizon.net.do

FED. ECUATORIANA DE CICLISMO

fec@uio.satnet.net

ciclismo@coe.org.ec

ERITREAN NATIONAL CYCLING FEDERATION

encf@enoc.org.er

FED. SALVADORENA DE CICLISMO

fsciclismo@telemovil.net

REAL FEDERACION ESPANOLA DE CICLISMO

info@rfec.com

ESTONIAN CYCLISTS UNION

ejl@ejl.sport.ee

NATIONAL ETHIOPIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

Et.cycl.Fed.@telecom.net.et

FIJI CYCLING ASSOCIATION

navolo@hotmail.com

THE CYCLING UNION OF FINLAND

spu@kolumbus.fi

FEDERATION FRANCAISE DE CYCLISME

info@ffc.fr

FED. GABONAISE DE CYCLISME

snge@inet.ga

BRITISH CYCLING

info@britishcycling.org.uk

BUND DEUTSCHER RADFAHRER Ev.

info@bdr-online.org

HELLENIC CYCLING FEDERATION

eopbike@otenet.gr

FED.GUATEMALTECA DE CICLISMO

fnc@confede.org

FEDERATION GUINEENNE DE CYCLISME

bahyero23@yahoo.fr

GUAM CYCLING FEDERATION

mtbo@netpci.com

GUYANA CYCLING FEDERATION

jacrev@networksgy.com

FEDERATION HAITIENNE DE CYCLISME AMATEUR

fhacaht@yahoo.com

HONG KONG, CHINA CYCLING ASSOCIATION

hkca01@hk.super.net

NACIONAL DE CICLISMO DE HONDURAS

gaqf@yahoo.com

HUNGARIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

info@cycling.hu

INDONESIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

issi@issi.or.id

CYCLING FEDERATION OF INDIA

cyclingfederationofindia@yahoo.com

CYCLING IRELAND

info@cyclingireland.ie

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN CYCLING FEDERATION

iricycfed@yahoo.com

ISRAEL CYCLING FEDERATION

ofanaim@inter.net.il

VIRGIN ISLANDS CYCLING FEDERATION

stcroixtri@yahoo.com

FED. CICLISTICA ITALIANA

segreteria@federciclismo.it

JAMAICA CYCLING FEDERATION

jamaicacycling@yahoo.com

JAPAN CYCLING FEDERATION

cycling@japan-sports.or.jp

KAZAKSTAN CYCLING FEDERATION

velokaz@yandex.ru

KENYA AMATEUR CYCLING ASSOCIATION

kaca2001ke@yahoo.com

KYRGYS CYCLING FEDERATION

akramov1@yahoo.com

KOREA CYCLING FEDERATION

cycling@sports.or.kr

SAUDI ARABIAN AMATEUR CYCLING

alsarhani_60@yahoo.com

LAO CYCLING FEDERATION

noclao@pan-laos.net.la

LATVIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

ita@lov.lv

LIBYAN CYCLING FEDERATION

LCF633@hotmail.com

ST. LUCIA CYCLING ASSOCIATION

cyrilmangal@hotmail.com

LEBANESE CYCLING FEDERATION

felicyc@yahoo.com

LIECHTENSTEINER RADFAHRERVERBAND

lie-cycling@powersurf.li

LITHUANIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

ldsf@post.omnitel.net

FED. DU SPORT CYCLISTE LUXEMBOURGEOIS

fscl@vo.lu

ASSOCIATION DE CICLISMO DE MACAO, CHINA

bvr@macau.ctm.net

FED. ROYALE MAROCAINE DE CYCLISME

frmc@menara.ma

MALAYSIAN NAT. CYCLING FED.

mncf@po.jaring.my

MOLDAVIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

alex.barciuc@gmx.net

FEDERACION MEXICANA DE CICLISMO

corgral@fmc.org.mx

MONGOLIAN CYCLING FEDERATION

batmagnai@mongolnet.mn

FEDERATION MALIENNE DE CYCLISME

zibaba@yahoo.fr

MALTA CYCLING FEDERATION

mbaron@keyworld.net

FEDERATION MONEGASQUE DE CYCLISME

fmc@libello.com

KONINKLIJKE NEDERLANDSCHE WIELREN UNIE

info@knwu.nl

NORGES CYKLEFORBUND

cykle@nif.idrett.no

BikeNZ INC.

enquiries@bikenz.org.nz

PAKISTAN CYCLING FEDERATION

pakistancyclingfederation_pcf@hotmail.com

UNION CYCLISTE DE POLOGNE

biuro@pzkol.pl

FED. PORTUGUESA DE CICLISMO

geral@uvp-fpc.pt

CYCLING ASSN. OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF KOREA

noc-kp@co.chesin.com

CYCLING SOUTH AFRICA

sacf@iafrica.com

FEDERATION CYCLISTE DE LA RUSSIE

cycling@roc.ru

SWISS CYCLING

info@swiss-cycling.ch

CHINESE TAIPEI CYCLING ASSOCIATION

tourdetw@ms35.hinet.net

USA CYCLING

spetty@usacycling.org

support@usacycling.org

CYCLING ASSOCIATION OF ZAMBIA

cyclingassociationofzambia@hotmail.com

ZIMBABWE CYCLING FEDERATION

wayne@tyrekaya.co.zw

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