Cycling: UCI tells POC not to interfere with May 9 election

May 6, 2009 3:14 am 

MANILA, May 5 –The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for cycling, stressed its displeasure over an order by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) that an election for the national sports association (NSA) for cycling be held on May 9.

In a letter dated April 30 and addressed to the POC through its secretary general Steve Hontiveros, UCI president Pat McQuaid emphasized to the national Olympic committee (NOC) that the UCI and its continental arm, the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC), has recognized Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino as president of the NSA for the sport—the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines or PhilCycling.

“We were surprised by your letter concerning the situation of cycling in the Philippines. As you are all aware, the UCI and the ACC recognize the PhilCycling of which Mr. Tolentino was elected president on 16 June 2009.”

McQuaid has also written the International Olympic Committee (IOC)—specifically Pere Miro, the IOC NOC relations director—about the POC-PhilCycling controversy.

The POC has writted the UCI about its instruction for the conduct of another PhilCycling election. Another group, led by cyclists patron Rolando Hiso, also held its election and used the same NSA name, the PhilCycling, last December 13, 2008, the same day the Tolentino PhilCycling, then under the presidency of Bert Lina, conducted a general membership meeting.

The POC has orderd the PhilCycling to use an outdated 2003 list of voters for this Saturday’s election. Tolentino has on April 27 wrote the POC about the PhilCycling’s refusal to take part in the election.

McQuaid’s letter to the POC furthered: “It would be out of the question to hold another electoral general assembly on 9 May 2009. We cannot allow your NOC to interfere in the procedure for electing a national cycling federation and to flout the authority of its international federation

“Not alone that but to demand that you utilize a voting list of 2003 is to say the least absurd and would be an affront to all those who have worked hard for cycling in the Philippines this past six years,” he added.

In McQuaid’s letter to the IOC, he told Miro: “You are undoubtedly already aware of the actions of this NOC because it appears that the problem that we are currently experiencing with cycling does not just concern our sport but also other sports.” “We are counting on your support by explaining to the NOC that it does not have the right to interfere in the procedure for electing a national federation and that only the international federation may recognize its members, in accordance with the IOC’s position on the subject.” (PNA) LOR/pr

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