Cycling: Australia throws weight behind Cookson for top UCI job
MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Australian cycling has thrown its weight behind Briton Brian Cookson's campaign to unseat Pat McQuaid as head of the International Cycling Union (UCI) at the global governing body's election next month.
Cycling Australia's (CA) support is likely to mean Cookson can rely on three votes from Oceania's regional federation, which may prove decisive in a tightly contested poll with only 42 casting voters across the globe.
CA and delegates from New Zealand and the Oceania Confederation heard manifestos from both candidates in Sydney over the weekend, and outgoing CA president Klaus Mueller said British Cycling head Cookson was the best candidate to "restore credibility" to the sport and the UCI.
"We are confident that he is genuinely committed to developing the sport worldwide and can deliver on his objectives to help grow the sport in Australia and Oceania," Mueller said in a statement on Monday.