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SBD Global/September 18, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
British Cycling President Brian Cookson 'Boldly' Predicts Victory For UCI Presidency
Published September 18, 2013
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).