CYCLING: UCI president loses Swiss re-election bid support
Pat McQuaid's bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) has suffered a blow with Swiss Cycling withdrawing its support.
The 63-year-old Irishman, who had already lost his home federation's support, now lives in Switzerland.
McQuaid, who is backed by Thailand and Morocco, now needs the UCI to change its rules to allow candidates to stand with the nomination of two federations.
British Cycling president Brian Cookson wants to succeed McQuaid.
The proposed amendment to the UCI constitution could face a legal challenge.
The governing body said today legal opinion indicated the amendment was valid and would be incorporated in the UCI constitution.
The UCI's lawyers thus argue that despite losing the backing of the Irish and Swiss federations, McQuaid's nomination is valid.
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