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Pat McQuaid insists nomination discussion is due to 'technicality'

Updated: Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 16:46 | Comments

Pat McQuaid has been UCI president since 2005
Pat McQuaid has been UCI president since 2005

Pat McQuaid's nomination for president of the UCI will be discussed at an extraordinary general meeting in June, Cycling Ireland has announced.

The embattled president of cycling's world governing body will be the subject of the 15 June meeting in Dublin after his initial endorsement did not observe the full rules and regulations.

The decision will now go to a membership vote.

Cycling Ireland company secretary Geoff Liffey announced the date of the meeting, which will consider a single resolution: "That Mr Pat McQuaid be and is hereby nominated by Cycling Ireland to stand as a candidate for the presidency of the UCI at the 2013 UCI congress and that the said nomination be executed and submitted forthwith by the board of this company (Cycling Ireland)."

McQuaid's position as head of the world governing body - a position he has held since 2005 - has been under scrutiny, particularly in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

Last week, following confirmation an EGM would be held but ahead of the date announcement, McQuaid said on the UCI website: "I was honoured that the board of Cycling Ireland endorsed my nomination as a candidate for the presidency of the UCI earlier this month.

"I understand that Cycling Ireland has now decided to refer the matter to an EGM as a result of a technicality arising from the fact that its president temporarily vacated the chair of the nomination meeting so that he could contribute to the meeting under the chair of the CEO.

"This decision was taken on the basis of legal advice on procedural rules not on the merits of my nomination which the board has endorsed."

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