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British Cycling President Brian Cookson has "boldly predicted an emphatic victory" over Int'l Cycling President Pat McQuaid for UCI presidency, according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Cookson needs 22 of the 42 votes at the election in Florence on Sept. 27 to be elected UCI president. He claimed that he "had been pledged enough support to win comfortably." Cookson has spent the last month traveling around the world lobbying continental confederations, a policy "that paid off spectacularly" on Sunday when European federations voted 27-10 to back him over McQuaid. All 14 of their delegates are "now mandated to vote for Cookson," something that "would leave him needing eight more votes." Cookson: "It's not guaranteed. And what we've still got to do is keep the pressure on. Elections can be won and lost in the last few days and it's very important that we don't take any of that for granted." Cookson was expecting his European support "to be bolstered" by that of Oceania, which has three votes, parts of Pan-America, which has nine, and at least some of Africa, which has seven (TELEGRAPH, 9/17).
LIVELY CAMPAIGN: In London, Donald McRae wrote sports governance "usually features dry exchanges between anonymous administrators." However, this contest's "bruising machinations, leaked dossiers and accusations of corruption and 'gangster politics' underline why the outcome is much more significant than a typical bureaucratic vote." Cookson "smiles when it is pointed out that his apparent electoral lead is partly built on the 'Anyone But McQuaid' ticket." Does he "mind being dismissed as the 'Vanilla' candidate?" Cookson: "Well, who else put their head above the parapet? All 170-odd federations had the opportunity to nominate someone -- but no one else has done. I've got the confidence of lots of people." In sometimes choosing not to answer simple questions, Cookson has been criticized as a career politician when he strives to be a genuine cycling man who "shares the overwhelming distaste for corruption and subterfuge." McQuaid and Cookson "stress their resolve against doping and argue that the sport has made substantial progress." Cookson, however, "differs from McQuaid in campaigning for an anti-doping agency that operates independently of the UCI." McQuaid's removal "would seem to be crucial in rekindling respect for the UCI" (GUARDIAN, 9/17).
Slapped with notices to pay "a whopping sum" of more than Rs. 500 crore ($79M) as arrears to income tax authorities, the Board of Control for Cricket in India "is gearing up to shift the burden to its affiliated state units," according to Firoz Mirza of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. BCCI President N. Srinivasan recently "held a meeting of representatives from various state associations and asked them to stay prepared to pay taxes." Srinivasan "was accompanied by tax consultants in the meeting." An official present in the meeting said, "Yes, we've been asked to get ready to pay our share of tax on the income we receive from the board." Revenue earned through telecast rights of matches "is the prime source of income for the BCCI." As per the income distribution arrangement of the BCCI, "70% of the revenue earned is given to the state association hosting the match while 30% is retained by the Board." The offical added, "As we get 70 percent of the revenue, Srinivasan suggested we should pay taxes on our share after meeting our expenses while the board will pay taxes on the remaining 30 percent after deducting its expenses" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 9/17).
Mumbai Cricket Association President Ravi Savant "is in the midst of a growing controversy" as some members have alleged that he has "allotted a contract to a software company without calling for a tender," according to Vijay Tagore of the MUMBAI MIRROR. The software company is a Mumbai-based franchise of an American firm, and "is linked to a family member of the MCA president." The company, after initially quoting a figure of Rs 12 lakh ($18,900), has ended up charging the association Rs 23 lakh ($36,200). The mandate for the company "was to design software" for the Kanga League and Plate League. The designed program "would take care of the schedule and management the event." According to MCA members, Savant "did not consult any office-bearer, leave alone the members of the managing committee, before awarding the contract." Even the two joint secretaries "were not consulted." However, Savant "defended the deal strongly," stating that the final payment "will be made only after the programme is independently verified by an I-T expert." Savant: "We'll not make the final payment till it is independently certified. Having said, that I must state that it is a mischievous campaign to malign me. It is an election-year stunt" (MUMBAI MIRROR, 9/17).
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko acknowledged on Tuesday Western countries "might boycott the 2014 world ice hockey championships, which are due to be hosted in his country, telling organisers to insure themselves against possible cancellation or postponement." The European Parliament "has already urged" the Int'l Ice Hockey Federation to "consider moving the games because of Belarus's poor human rights record and its treatment of the opposition, many of whose leaders have been jailed" (REUTERS, 9/17). ... FIA's status has been upgraded to full recognition in accordance with the sporting and governance standards of the Olympic Charter. The IOC decision confirms that the statuses, practice and activities of the FIA are in full conformity with the Olympic Charter, including the adoption and implementation of the World Anti-Doping Code (FIA). ... The J.League's board of directors Tuesday formally approved a new two-stage format that will be implemented from '15. The format has "not been warmly received by fans" (KYODO NEWS, 9/17). ... Cricket South Africa CEO Haroon Lorgat "is optimistic that India will tour South Africa as scheduled" in November-December after his meeting with Board of Control for Cricket in India Secretary Sanjay Patel. Lorgat: "I am happy to say that we had a constructive meeting and I would like to thank Sanjay [Patel] for his friendliness and support in trying to find a way forward" (GULF NEWS, 9/17).