In yet another step down the road to mediocrity, the International Olympic Committee elects UCI President Pat McQuaid as a member. This is a man who, instead of working to protect the status of one of the premier cycling disciplines (the individual pursuit) as an Olympic event, instead opts to eliminate it in favor of an omnium format which is popular with no one.
About the only thing worse would be if someone from USA Cycling was elected. Then it would would just be a matter of time before Olympic athletes started getting participation certificates!
UCI President Pat McQuaid was elected today as a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The 60-year-old Dubliner was one of six candidates nominated for membership at the 122nd IOC session, held prior to the start of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
“I am deeply honoured to be elected as one of the IOC members and to represent and promote the interests of the IOC and Olympic Movement, in Ireland and elsewhere throughout the world," McQuaid said after he joined the other 114 members.
“I look forward to working with its President, Jacques Rogge and its members and to building upon the productive relations that I have already established with the IOC through my role as President of the UCI.”