The 185th Congress of the Union Cycliste Internationale voted in favour of a revised UCI Constitution that sets out new democratic processes, including the restriction of the number of terms of office for the President (to three).
The amended Constitution also provides for a broader representation of the Continental Confederations (at least two members from each) on the UCI Management Committee. In particular, in order to promote equality of representation around the world, the number of voting delegates has been raised from 7 to 9 for the African Confederation.
The constitutional reform process, a manifesto commitment of President Brian Cookson, which lasted nearly two years, was led by a Constitutional Review Committee, that consisted of UCI President and the Presidents of the five Continental Confederations, before being submitted to the UCI Management Committee.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “Today marks another important step forward for the governance of the UCI. It is in line with international best practice and will help to reinforce the UCI’s credibility within the international sports community, as well as with all our stakeholders.”
The UCI Congress was also presented with an update on the UCI’s revised and strengthened Code of Ethics, which now applies to a much broader base including all UCI and CADF personnel, consultants, and race organisers.
Finally, the UCI Congress voted in favour of granting the Commonwealth of Dominica, Niger and Tajikistan official membership of the UCI, taking its total membership to 187 National Federations.
Brian Cookson declared: “I’m delighted to formally welcome the Commonwealth of Dominica, Niger and Tajikistan to the UCI Family. Our membership has grown from 178 to 187 National Federations in the past three years which demonstrates the true global nature of our sport. Taking cycling to new regions, reaching new audiences and attracting life-long fans remain among our priorities as we continue to develop cycling in all its forms worldwide.”
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