GENEVA (AP) — The president of the Switzerland cycling federation has resigned in fallout from his controversial support for UCI President Pat McQuaid's attempt to run for re-election.
Swiss Cycling said Thursday that Richard Chassot resigned over disagreements in the managing committee in trying to nominate McQuaid. Chassot insisted in a text message to The Associated Press that his departure was "not uniquely" about the McQuaid issue.
"This is related to the way of making decisions at Swiss Cycling," said Chassot, who is also the Tour de Romandie race director. McQuaid, whose home federation in Ireland withdrew its nomination, has sought a valid candidacy to stand against British challenger Brian Cookson on Sept. 27.
Chassot led attempts to secure a nomination from Switzerland, where McQuaid lives, ahead of a June 29 deadline set by the UCI. Swiss Cycling withdrew its intended support on Tuesday ahead of a potentially expensive legal challenge by three members who opposed Chassot's proposal.
McQuaid said this week he has valid nominations from Thailand and Morocco to seek a third four-year term in office. Still, it is unclear whether UCI rules allow nominations from outside a candidate's home country, or if deadline-beating emails from Thai and Moroccan officials should have been accepted before formal signed nomination letters arrived by post at UCI headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland.
Chassot said he hoped both candidates would go forward to the election at the UCI Congress in Florence, Italy. "I think it would be fair and more credible that Pat McQuaid and Brian Cookson are both able to present themselves so that the congress elects the best president for our sport," Chassot wrote.
A 42-voter electoral college will choose the winner by secret ballot.