UCI rejects request for independent arbitration of Pat McQuaid's presidential candidacy
Last Updated: September 9, 2013 5:12pm
Pat McQuaid 'did not take part in the discussions'
The International Cycling Union (UCI) has rejected a request for independent arbitration on Pat McQuaid's candidacy for its upcoming presidential election.
USA Cycling - with backing from four other national federations - wrote to current UCI president McQuaid earlier this week asking him to allow the Court of Arbitration for Sport to judge whether he should be allowed to stand.
Their argument was centred around the fact that McQuaid did not receive nominations from either his home federation, Ireland, or Switzerland, where he lives - as required by existing UCI election rules.
However, following a meeting of its executive board, the UCI announced on Friday evening that the request had been turned down.
A statement read: "The UCI Executive Board has declined a request to submit a question regarding the application of Article 51.1 of the UCI Constitution to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
"The UCI Executive Board, having considered and recognised the UCI Constitution and the presidential nominations properly submitted under it, has ruled unanimously that it was for the Congress, as the highest authority of the UCI - rather than CAS - to consider all aspects related to the elections.
"Pat McQuaid, who is a member of the Executive Board, absented himself and did not take part in the discussions or decision."
McQuaid's nomination for the election, which takes place in Florence on September 27, has been widely questioned and criticised.
Despite not being nominated by Ireland or Switzerland, the 63-year-old's name was put forward by Morocco and Thailand immediately after an amendment to election rules was proposed by the Asian Cycling Confederation and Malaysian National Cycling Federation.
They suggested that Article 51.1 of the UCI Constitution, which currently states "the candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate", should be amended to include "[or] two federations other than the federation of the candidate".
The amendment will be voted upon at the UCI Congress, which takes place just before the presidential election, in Florence on September 27.