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Cycling: McQuaid's UCI nomination in jeopardy after calls for EGM

Gerard Cromwell

Published 26/04/2013 | 05:00

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Pat McQuaid's recent nomination by Cycling Ireland for a third term as UCI president may be in jeopardy after it was confirmed that former board member Anthony Moran has called for an Extraordinary General Meeting, which would allow club members to vote to overturn the ratification.

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Moran is a former vice-chairman of Cycling Ireland and was the only one to vote against McQuaid's nomination for another term, stating that he had lost confidence in professional cycling. He has since resigned from the board.

Moran is hoping that an EGM can be called because he believes the original meeting nominating McQuaid breached its own memorandum and articles of association.

The Irish Independent has also learned of another campaign for a Cycling Ireland EGM which would involve 10pc of the clubs in Ireland simply signing a form to call for one themselves.

This would seem to be the fairest and simplest way to decide whether McQuaid has the support of the Irish cycling fraternity behind him, but the plan has hit a snag, with club officials in favour of nominating McQuaid choosing not to inform their club members of their rights to vote.

"An email has been sent to every club in the country," said a source yesterday. "We only need around 30 clubs to call an EGM but we've found some clubs replied back within minutes saying they fully supported Pat McQuaid.

"This suggests they haven't informed their members of the possibility to change things and have taken matters into their own hands."

Irish Independent

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