Pat McQuaid, president of cycling’s world governing body, the UCI, was reelected to the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations Council on Tuesday. McQuaid was one of four candidates vying for three spots on the panel and gained enough votes from 28 international federations present at the SportAccord convention in St. Petersburg, Russia, to earn a second four-year term.
“Thank you for placing your trust in me,” said McQuaid. “It is very important for cycling to be represented on these two bodies. …“One of the pioneering sports at the Olympic Games, cycling now has four disciplines on the Olympic program and as president of the UCI, I wish to continue our contribution to the Olympic movement, its values and all that it stands for.”
Sergey Bubka (International Association of Athletics Federations) joined McQuaid in his reelection. International Boxing Association president C. K. Wu was also elected to the panel. Dr. h.c. Klaus Schormann, president of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon, was the fourth candidate.
Council members may serve two four-year terms. Among the council’s charges is distributing broadcast and sponsor revenue to the individual sports federations following Summer Olympic Games. According to Inside the Games, that total could reach $500 million, $475 million of which has already been paid out. The final number could nearly double the $296 million distributed following the Beijing Games.
McQuaid has been under fire over the UCI’s management of anti-doping efforts during the 1990s and 2000s. He distributed medals at a number of events at the London Games in 2012, two months before the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency published its reasoned decision in the Lance Armstrong doping investigation. In that document and subsequent interviews, USADA accused the UCI of taking a role in doping cover-ups and impeding its investigation.
McQuaid is up for reelection to his position as UCI president at the elite road world championships in Italy in September.