UCI President Pat McQuaid has welcomed the election of the new IOC President, Thomas Bach, while also paying warm tributes to his predecessor, Jacques Rogge.
Mr McQuaid said: âI am delighted that Thomas Bach has been elected as IOC President. Thomas has been a wonderful IOC colleague and a great supporter of cycling. He is well liked by his IOC colleagues and his experiences as an Olympian, an IOC member as well as an NOC president have given him the very best preparation to lead the IOC. I believe that he will become, like his predecessor, one of the great Presidents of this modern Olympic age.
âI have always got along extremely well with Thomas and I very much look forward to continuing to work closely with him to develop cycling, not only in the Summer Games every four years, but also in the Youth Olympic Games and in his plans for an Olympic TV network to keep interest high between Games.
âWe have discussed the issue of anti-doping many times and he has similarly strong feelings about it. He has acknowledged the work I have done in the fight against doping in cycling and he has said that the UCI is an example to other sports.
âOne of the priorities for Thomas Bach and for the IOC as a whole will be the introduction of new events and disciplines in future Olympic Games that will appeal to todayâs modern audience, particularly young people. I very much look forward to continuing to work with him on this where cycling is concerned. He has indicated to me that he is flexible about the possibility of introducing new disciplines.â
Mr McQuaid also paid tribute to Jacques Rogge, saying: âJacques will go down in Olympic history as a hugely influential leader, someone who kept the IOC ship on a steady course, while at the same time adding inspirational new events such as the Youth Olympic Games â as well as including new youthful disciplines into the Olympic programme. Under his leadership, the IOC has gone from strength to strength.
âJacques Rogge has always been a great supporter of cycling and I was absolutely delighted to work with him in introducing BMX into the Games programme in Beijing. I would echo Thomas Bachâs tribute to Jacques Rogge â he leaves behind a wonderful legacy and a strong foundation on which we can all continue to build a great future.
âAnd speaking personally, I wish Jacques a very long and happy retirement, one in which he can take the time to relax and enjoy watching sport, without having the huge responsibility of governing and organising it.â
UCI Communications Service