Monday 20 May 2019

New UCI president to earn £76k less than Pat McQuaid

New UCI president Brian Cookson (right) offers his commiserations to Pat McQuaid after he defeated him in the recent election
New UCI president Brian Cookson (right) offers his commiserations to Pat McQuaid after he defeated him in the recent election

Matt McGeehan, PA

UCI president Brian Cookson will be paid an annual salary of around £235,000, around £76,000 less than predecessor Pat McQuaid, cycling's world governing body has announced.

Cookson was elected president last month and on Tuesday presided over the UCI management committee at an extraordinary meeting to discuss a range of issues.

As part of a commitment to transparency, Briton Cookson pledge to reveal his remuneration, something Irishman McQuaid declined to do during his eight years in office.

A UCI statement read: "The meeting agreed, with the full agreement of Brian Cookson, an annual salary of 340,000 Swiss Francs for the new UCI President (110,000 Swiss Francs less than the equivalent remuneration package in place at the time of the presidential election). "This package to be subject to an annual review by the newly created remuneration committee."

Cookson began the process of following through with other promises made in his election manifesto.

During his campaign Cookson vowed to lead the UCI in a different way to McQuaid, who favoured an autocratic approach, and the new man was pleased with the day's work.

Following the meeting, Cookson said: "Today's management committee meeting was an important moment for the UCI as we put in place a number of measures to restore trust in the UCI and ensure our great sport is able to move forward.

"I would like to thank my management committee colleagues for the professional and collegiate way they approached today's meeting and I am encouraged by the strong sense of common purpose."

Measures agreed included:

- A full audit of the systems and controls currently employed by the UCI's anti-doping operations ahead of the establishment of an independent UCI anti-doping operation in 2014.

- The broad principles relating to an Independent Commission which will look into allegations of past wrongdoing at the UCI and the extent and roots of doping in cycling.

- The establishment of an international development commission to work on global growth in the sport.

- Supporting the new women's cycling commission, chaired by UCI vice-president Tracey Gaudry.

Cookson added: "We have made important decisions on women's cycling, international development, the establishment of a fully independent anti-doping unit and an independent commission to look into allegations of UCI wrong-doing. We have also started the process of modernising the UCI's constitution.

"There is a huge amount of work to do in the coming months and beyond, but I am excited by the passion and support my colleagues have shown for implementing a real programme of change for the good of cycling."

Meanwhile, Martin Gibbs has been named UCI director general.

Gibbs, previously British Cycling's policy and Legal Affairs director, managed Cookson's election campaign.

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