With the news of Brian Cookson being elected President of the UCI , there is NEW HOPE , that this institution MAY survive ! Congrats to Brian for turning the fracas in the Congress OFF , by calling for a VOTE , thus giving phat the CHANCE he did not deserve , nor was ALLOWED under the existing UCI Constitution , to be considered as a candidate on the ballot !
One report of the day's activities :
Acting in a Presidential manner , Brian was able to cause those who thought they were in the Italian Parliament Chamber , to resume their seats , after they had gone on the rampage because of a 21 v 21 vote on an earlier " inconsequential procedural matter "! Only phat the rat could have created the scenario where, contradicting the UCI Constitution ,for which he is PAID SALARY to uphold ! As a way to attempt to subvert that Constitution , he flew in Swiss Lawyers from Geneva ! When earlier phat sought advice , the matter appeared in the Media . The outcry was such that , even a 4yo child would realise that the advice was "tainted /slanted " , answering a NON EXISTENT QUESTION ! My previous post dealt with that matter , but then i am only a bystander with nothing to lose whichever way the matter was resolved ?
WHEN will the UCI Internal Auditors tally up the expenses generated by this " Geneva Lawyer Charade " and present the bill to phat ? Airfares , Travel expenses , Food & Accom , Entertaining Expenses as well as BILLABLE HOURS , ALL BELONG TO THE Originator ! WHY did the UCI Management Team allow phat the latitude to treat the UCI Coffers as a personal piggybank?
There are those at Aigle that joined UCI believing that their working career would be enhanced . There are so many others that left , some on a point of Principle , after they were threatened with their Work Contract being CHANGED , by the addition of " GAGGING ORDERS "! On top of all else , it appears there are those in the UCI Legal Dept that have stepped well past the line ! Many may recall the advices given the Thailand & Moroccan Feds. when they CLAIM to have introduced THEIR OWN IDEAS to be added to the UCI Constitution ? Retrospective Legislation to be added after the NOMINATION PROCESS had closed ? Yeah right , that is going to fly ? Which lunatic asylum , do they think they are working at ? Doubt they will wait for the inevitable DCM ? AS regards the rank & file , working at Aigle , doubt that they celebrated with water when they heard that phat the rat was given the " PACK YER BAGS " by the congress !
Now that we have the semblence of SANITY returning to Aigle , it was with delight , that i read of the Appointment of 3 Vice Presidents today , each from a different Continent , BUT , especially pleased that @gaudryt was appointed VP Cycling ! AS a former Cycle Racer , she is fully aware of the needs that Womens Racing has in the Current Climate ! My comment to Velonews , contains a few ideas that could assist her getting an effective result in very little time ?
UCI Constitution WAS implemented for the " Dark Ages " , it served the purpose for the likes of phat the rat & nein fordruggen , whilst news travelled by pony express . Now that we are in the INTERNET AGE , " News " travels faster than a speeding bullet , thus there are so many things , that need to CHANGE ! It comes as no surprise to anyone that " Lawyers " are sticking their nose into every facit of Sport , endeavouring to overturn ANYTHING that their clients feel likely to restrict freedom to BEND THE RULES "!
MY WISH LIST :
New Constitution .
Independent UCI Anti Doping Unit .
Reactivate the UCIIC .
Instituting a NEW Internal Audit Team .
Replacement of the entire UCI Legal Department , through their conivance at BENDING the UCI Constitution to fit the wishes of the departing President , who drew a Salary to PRESERVE that Constitution.
Reinstitution of the New Zealand Womens Tour in 2014 , cancelled in 2013 by " Meddling & Incompetent UCI decisons . Expsansion of the Womens Pro Tour Calender to bring back Races lost through the Incompetence of those involved in the period upto 2013 .
Invoice phat for the UCI Expenditures created by his decision to treat the UCI finances as his Personal piggybank for his nefarious activities .
Create an Advisory Board composed of Team Owners , Retired Racers & Current Racers , to SPEED the implementation of Reforms in the Cycling Programs for both Womens & Mens Road Racing & other disciplines . Additional input from Paralympian Athletes , both Present & Past Athletes and Organisers.
Recognition of those creating the environment to allow Change to occur .
Removal by the IOC of the Membership that was awarded to the former President , thus avoiding further threats of Blackmail to the Sport of Cycling . Was pleasantly surprised to read Monday that the IOC , had already acted !
Below are an expansion of my views on the bullet points above :
Personally i should like to see the UCI create a constitution that is presented in the New Year , perhaps in Advance of the 2014 Tour Down Under , thus those already headed to the event , will save UCI some hefty additional expenses . In that Constitution i would state that there be 4 Vice Presidents , with ONE being elected each year at Congress , thus in 2014 , we see an addition , sorry but in 2015 , one of the three appointed today will be seeking re election , and so forth . The Post of President in my version of the NEW Constitution can ONLY be filled by stepping up from the Vice President Position and will be ONLY for a fixed period of 4 Years , but allowing 2 extentions of 2 years , thus a maximum period in Presidential Office of 8 years . This will allow the BEST of the UCI Personnel to advance to the VP job but then have the " on the job training " necessary , even if for only one year ?
The New VP could be well employed , in running an " oversight " section , to assist the INDEPENDENT UCI ANTI DOPING UNIT ? When a Racer tests " positive " to a banned/prohibited product there should be NO DISPUTE . i want to see the 4 year Sanction that was discussed YEARS BACK ! This idea that it be changed in 2015 by WADA , is far too vague ! Having forgotten the Paralympians , it may well be that a VP-Paralympics may be required as a full time post ?
Watching today's news i see reports that University Students are utilising a " Prescription Drug " to improve their " Mental Capacities " in Study ! Yes , at Oxford , Academics claim that " Modafinol " helps them to meet their WorkLoad ? Whilst living in the Oxford Area i rode " Chaingang " with many in the University Cycling Club , who were competing in not only Uni Cycle Races , but National Competitions of Various Countries ! Ladies from the USA , guys from Germany , as well as various parts of the UK ! Was this "Doping Product ", on the WADA control list ?
From the above , you will see that WADA , has to oversee the various World Wide Countries ADA Programs ! There is a " catch all clause " in the WADA Code , that BANS " PEDs " , that they do not know of at the moment . It is a matter of universal knowledge that the " Blood Passport " has closed the RAMPANT DOPING , that previously existed . Nowadays the " micro dosing " , by Athletes in ALL SPORTS , appears to be the way to go . Regretably the likes of Mike Ashenden , have had to leave UCI due to the desire to impose " Banning of Info sharing " ! That appears to be a KIND way to describe what the Old UCI Management had attempted to do with the NEW Employment Contracts they imposed !
UCI Inspectors attempt to do a good job , but they only Administer the tests that their Superiors provide ! It is well known that the UCI Inspectors were not allowed to test for " EPO " at the Tour of Cal , in fact the whole Cycling World knew this fact , well before the Race started . What other PED products were they not allowed to test ? In setting up the Blood Passport , Anne Gripper , an Aussie , was involved ,she returned to Oz but one wonders IF she can be tempted to create the INDEPENDENT UCI ANTI DOPING UNIT that Brian Cookson has espoused ?
Since the UCIIC was shut down at the end of January 2013 , i have seen @tanni_gt refer to the doings of the UCI . She , together with her 2 Colleagues , decided to do the " Independent Job " , they were contracted for , irrespective of the " Golden Handcuffs " , that phat the rat and his lawyer buddies attempted to impose ! Having called off the UCIIC investigation , contrary to the wishes of the rest of the UCI Management Team , phat the rat , should be required to stump up the reported costs of CHF500k , take it out of his Retirement package , Brian !
Not being a UCI insider , i have no idea of the Accounting Principles that guide the Organisation . My experience of Accounting was with multi Nationals , where i was involved in constructing the future wishes of Management . Starting with Annual Budgets , they projected GROWTH over 5 & 10 year periods ! At the present , each September , Pro World Teams render Accounting Info to the UCI for the Next Season , together with other reports to justify their Status ! Last year we saw Katusha , the Russians , on the phat " sh#t list being told in one report they were GRANTED Pro World Status , then weeks later being told they were " Unethical " based on the same Documents ! Time the UCI started to THINK GROWTH , require the Pro World Teams to think FORWARD !
Jon Vaughters , that well known former Cycle Racer & professed " Doper "in the peloton , is OWNER of Garmin Team and studying the MBA , thus familiar with most of WHAT the UCI currently require . It would not be difficult for him to PROJECT an Annual Budget out to 5 or even 10 years ? Surely the other Teams are able to realise that " Living hand to mouth " is not an acceptable way to run ANY Business , let alone an Enterprise requiring upto 30 Racers and possibly as many support personnel ? Would ANY of their Sponsors be allowed to run their business in quite the same manner ? I doubt that many Pro World Teams would allow themselves to be fooled into taking Sponsorship from the neighbourhood Cycle Shop ?
In the run up to the UCI Presidential Election , there were many contributors to the phat's downfall ! He did most of the work , paid a " Media Savvy outfit " , recruited a fellow by the name of brown , who appears to be keeping the " Kimmage Funds " out of the reach of the rightful owners , bamboozelled the staff of UCI at Aigle into acting against the best interests of the Organisation and fell out of bed each morning without a clue as to how to best serve the interests of the UCI Stakeholders ! Even after asking the Stakeholders to complete a " Survey " he still carried on in a manner calculated to turn people , who would choose to support him , into disappointed people ? Contrast this with Brian Cookson , who went on a worldwide trip to LISTEN to the views of as many Cycling Feds as possible . Yes , it cost British Cycling money , BUT , they decided to invest in this , rather unlike phat's manner of RAIDING the UCI Coffers ?
With ALL of the players from a significant cross section of the Sporting World , came many Useful and Logical Ideas ! Jaimie Fuller as CEO of Skins has not only created " Change Cycling Now " , but , recently presented a document to the IOC , which in the fulness of time , will wake up the " OLD FOGIES CLUB " ! I think that Ben Johnson , 25 years later , has made a valid point about the extent that " Doping " has grown since he was ejected from the Olympic Games in 1988 ! Since the " Donati Report " , which detailed activities upto 2006 , significant events have occured , that have caused WADA to adjust their requirements for the period beginning 2015 ! Since the document has been distributed for " Consultation " , there is CERTAINTY that " Doping Fraudsters " are already hunting out the schemes that will assist their continuing FRAUDS !
CCN brought together Greg LeMond , retired race cyclist & Paul Kimmage , anti doping author , amongst many of the contributors . In seeking re election phat complied with the UCI Constitution initially , in that he sought the aid of the Irish Fed. . Luckily the AGM was deficient and thus @moran_anto , resigned and brought about an EGM , which rejected the Nomination . Over the years since departing the UCI , Mike Ashenden , has had cause to introduce expert commentary in respect of the UCI 's dealings in the " Anti Doping Field . When phat was first appointed to the UCI Presidency , it came about in a contest with Sylvia Schenke , regretably in losing , she found her UCI position untenable and resigned .
Already , i have Tweeted @cooksonforuci with the suggestion of an " Advisory Board " that could work through a huge amount of Ideas to present to Tracey Gaudry :
In addition to these notables , i suggest several Womens Team Owners , such as Krysty Scrimageur , Rochelle Gilmour , Former Racers such as Sara Carrigan & Nicole Cooke and current racers such as Marianne Vos & Bridie O'donnell .
From the Mens Teams , i would think of Jon Vaughters & Sir David brailsford as Team Manager/Owners , Former Racers such as , don't laugh , Lance Armstrong & Jan Ulrich , current Racers such as Dave Martin & Simon Gerrans .
There would also be a need for MTB & CycloCross Racers to be represented , but i am unfamiliar with those Sports , thus disinclined to add comment .
In reading the Tweets of Colin Lynch , @TTworldchamp , i realised thast i was concentrating on the Olympic Side of the UCI to the exclusion of those in the Paralympic Side ! Apologies to those of the Paralympic movement for neglecting the EQUALITY they are DUE !
All of these people selected for an " Advisory Board " would be able to address their Ideas using Multi Media links rather than Formal face to face meetings . It would be of great benefit to Cycling Sport to have the " Stakeholders Report " re introduced for inspection , since phat seems to have chosen ONLY the parts that suited his purpose , to be made public at UCI Management Meetings ? I feel sure that the UCI would have demonstrated good sense in keeping record of " My responses "?
Truth & Reconciliation has become another point of consideration in recent days , that is why i included Lance & Jan in the ideas for an Advisory Board . In the past couple of years i have proposed a number of "Change.org Petitions " , each of them were ignored , but surely with a change of wording the terms i have suggested may have some relevance to what the UCI would wish to achieve ?
UNION of Cyclists International: SACK the Current President , p mc quaid & Honorary President h verbruggen
Office of the Governor General of Australia: Create the means for a " Sports amnesty " in Australia .
Wada: Create an " AMNESTY in ALL SPORTS "!
THERE is far more that could be added by those reading these musings ?
FEEL FREE TO COMMENT !
This is what i posted to Facebook , after reading the latest Velonews item :
" GOOD Start ! Now add an Advisory Board that includes @GregLemond @jaimiefuller @moran_anto @Tanni_GT and a variety of CURRENT Racers from Road Race & Mtb , as well as retirees such as Nicole Cooke , Krysty Scrimageur and Rochelle Gilmour who are engaged in Team Management !
With @gaudryt's race experience and Admin Experience as the CEO of Amy Gillett Foundation , we will see Womens Cycling get a JUMP START !
NEEDED Urgently is the IMMEDIATE RESTART of the UCIIC , @tanni_gt will no doubt be excited to finish the work that phat the rat tried to stall !
Cookson needs to terminate the UCI Legal (dirty tricks inc) Dept on MONDAY ! If he installed Sylvia Schenk there would be an immediate boost in the transparency that the Sport needs !
Anna Gripper needs to be installed as the Head of the NEW INDEPENDENT ANTI DOPING UNIT , with her previous expertise , she will be able to call on the resources and experience of Mike Ashenden to IMPROVE Testing Procedures and wipe the SMUG FACETIOUS Attitudes of current DOPING RACERS ! YES , they are still there " micro dosing " there way onto the podium !
Monday Cookson needs to discover WHICH DRAWER , that phat the rat used to hide the UNPUBLISHED SANCTIONS from the 100th Le Tour ( you know , the only one they had NO RACER keen to increase their career options ) and of course the recent AMAZING VUELTA !
My Comment to INRNG : http://inrng.com/2013/09/brian-cookson-uci-president/#comment-84783
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