UCI challenges Philcycling

Posted: March 27, 2009 by Trowel in news items

RP cycling: From lead pack to tailend

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) issued a bold challenge to the beleaguered Philcycling and its newly – installed leadership to put the Philippines back on the cycling map.

At the same time UCI president Pat McQuiad pledged his governing body’s full support to Philcycling president and Tagaytay mayor Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino in every major UCI-sanctioned event.

“Ten years ago, the Philippines was at the lead pack of Asian cycling, now you are at the tailend,” McQuiad told Tolentino.

Tolentino met McQuiad during the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) congress in Seoul, South Korea.

“We are so privileged to have a talk with Mr. Quiad, I was so surprised of how he is so aware of the goings-on in Philippine cycling,” said Tolentino, who is also recognized by the UCI and ACC as the rightful head of the country’s Cycling Association.

Also Tolentino revealed that he had a chance to discuss his cycling programs with McQuiad in a three-hour closed door meeting.

“Ang nakakatuwa pa, sa 33 Asian Cycling Federations present, ang Pilipinas at China lang ang inaya niya sa closed door meeting. Good news ito dahil todo daw ang magiging suporta ng UCI sa ating mga programa,” recalled the PhilCycling chief.

The world cycling boss also invited Tolentino to take part as a board member in the coming UCI world elections in Switzerland later this year.

Despite a stand-off with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Tolentino was elected as president in the Philcycling General Assembly held last January. His group has been recognized by the UCI, ACC and the Philippine Sports Commission.

Meanwhile, Tolentino met with the group challenging his leadership at the office of PSC Chairman Harry Angping.
(grabbed from TEMPO)

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