The annual Congress of the International Cycling Union was held on Friday morning in Maastricht (the Netherlands), on the occasion of the UCI Road World Championships. It was the International Federationâs 181st plenary session.
In opening, the UCI President Pat McQuaid recalled the incredible success of the London Olympic Games and the positive boost that the different disciplines have received throughout the world.
As well as developing cycling throughout the world, the UCI is also working on improving the situation of womenâs cycling: âThe UCI is committed to creating better visibility for women and to providing the best possible conditions for the development of womenâs cycling. (...) Over the last decade, there has been a 153% increase in the number of elite level women athletes, and a 68% increase in the number of elite level womenâs teams.â
Pat McQuaid called on the National Federations to âcontinue their efforts in training women, not only as athletes but also as part of Management, so that they can reinforce the teams of directors within Federations, Confederations and the UCI.â
The members pronounced on a motion put forward by Mike Turtur, President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation and his fellow Presidents of the other continental confederations (Africa, America,Asia, Europe). The proposed text (full version here) stressed the necessity for the UCI "to concentrate on the anti-doping effort for the future of cycling in order to provide a clean environment for the next generations of riders.â The motion was adopted with 38 of 42 voters in favour.
The Congress also approved the activity report presented by Christophe Hubschmid, UCI Director General, and unanimously adopted the 2012 financial report and the 2013 budget forecast presented by Alain Siegrist, UCI Financial Director.
The Congress closed with the presentation of the UCI Merit Awards to: Borys Ivanov, (President of the Ukrainian Cycling Federation), Haji Abu Samah Wahab (President of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation), Wojciech Walkiewicz (President of European Cycling Union) and Jean-Pierre Strebel (former UCI Director General).
The next UCI Congress will be held in Florence (Italy) during the 2013 UCI Road World Championships in Tuscany.
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