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Volume 7 No. 51

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Just a day after British Cycling CEO Brian Cookson launched his campaign for the leadership of the Int'l Cycling Union (UCI), "he has been attacked" by current UCI President Pat McQuaid, according to the PA. Cookson "is so far the only person to challenge McQuaid's leadership" as McQuaid, who has been UCI president since '05, seeks to be elected for a third term in September. Several pledges have been made by Cookson, "with anti-doping at the top of the agenda." McQuaid responded to the publication of Cookson's manifesto in Paris "in typically combative style." McQuaid: "Brian Cookson's election manifesto is half-baked, fundamentally flawed and financially impractical. Just telling people what they want to hear is easy. He needs to explain how he is going to make it happen." Cookson "declined to wade into a war of words with his presidential rival but McQuaid opted to go on the attack, questioning numerous aspects of his rival's plans without stating his own position," including the choice of venue for Monday's announcement (PA, 6/25).

Racehorse owners in Britain are recouping only 21% of their expenditure, compared to 54% in France and "still higher figures elsewhere," according to Alan Lee of the LONDON TIMES. The sport was warned yesterday "that declining numbers of owners will impact on employment, while the government was urged to 'be true to its word' on measures to improve racing’s funding." A mood of "simmering discontent" characterized the annual meeting of the Racehorse Owners’ Association, which focused on money shortages endangering the health of the sport. ROA President Rachel Hood said, "The economics of racehorse ownership, and the associated impact on the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people in racing, is the biggest single challenge facing our industry.” Calling for prize money, only £94M last year, to be raised to £120M ($184M) in '14, Hood said, "Any racecourse that isn’t prepared to act appropriately must be left in absolutely no doubt that horsemen will, quite rightly, choose to race their horses elsewhere" (LONDON TIMES, 6/26).

FIFA exec committee member Worawi Makudi "has refused to give up control" of the Thailand FA despite his presidential term ending over a week ago and no new date set for elections, according to Patrick Johnston of REUTERS. A vote had been set for the final day of Worawi's two-year term on June 16, but he canceled it after fourth tier club Pattaya FC "managed to get a court injunction blocking controversial reforms the president had hoped to push through a day before the election." The main issue Pattaya had with the FIFA-backed reforms centered on one statue "which would cut the number of eligible voters from around 180 to 72." Pattaya said that it backed down on Monday -- after FIFA had threatened to suspend Thailand -- "because the president's term was over." Worawi told local media on Tuesday that "he remained in charge, but did not give a new date for the election or reform talks" (REUTERS, 6/26).

In a "direct challenge" to All Japan Judo Federation Chair Haruki Uemura, who "insists on staying the course despite calls for him to resign," members of the AJJF's regional council have proposed discussing his dismissal, according to KYODO. The AJJF has agreed to reconvene a council meeting in the coming weeks. Uemura "has insisted on remaining at his post until he completes his mission to reform the scandal-tainted body," saying on Tuesday he plans to step down in October. However, several members of the regional council are asking that he resign sooner (KYODO, 6/26).

At Spain's Olympic Committee, with Spanish Superior Sports Council (CSD) President Miguel Cardenal present as a guest, the Spanish Federation presented the Beach Volley Tour, which sports marketing firm Madison will organize, according to Enrique Ojeda of AS. The Tour will include five competitions, with the first taking place from July 12-14 in Valladolid on the beaches of the Pisuerga River. This circuit "is the solution the Spanish Federation has looked for to maintain competitive beach volleyball at the national level during the summer." The process has faced several problems, including a partial players strike. The competitions will not offer financial prizes, but the Spanish Federation is seeking enough compensation for the players to have free accommodations during the tournaments (AS, 6/26).

Embattled Athletics South Africa President James Evans "has been accused of double-dipping into the cash-strapped federation's limited reserves." Claims made by SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee CEO Tubby Reddy included that in December last year, Evans "instructed ASA's finance manager not to pay bonuses to staff, but three days later he instructed that he himself receive" R2.75M ($271,500) (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/26). ... Hockey India on Wednesday inducted Central Reserve Police Force "as an associate member" and it can take part in all the national field hockey championships in the future (PTI, 6/26).