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Cycling: Cyclocross ideal for Winter Games - UCI chief

Published on Apr 10, 2014 1:23 AM

PARIS (AFP) - Brian Cookson, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), said on Wednesday that cyclocross could make the transition from the Summer Olympics to the Winter Games.

The 62-year-old Englishman, who defeated then-incumbent Pat McQuaid in last September's election for the presidency of the UCI, said in a speech at the SportAccord Convention in Belek, Turkey, that cyclocross was ideal for the switch as it was a sport that took place over the winter.

"In my own sport's case, I have publicly advocated that a discipline like cyclocross would be an ideal addition to the Winter Games," said Cookson.

"It takes place during the northern hemisphere winter, it offers equal medal opportunities for men and women, infrastructure costs to install a circuit are minimal and the first across the line principle is clear.

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