London, June 12, 2014: Cycling Council, The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) President Brian Cookson and Director General Martin Gibbs yesterday met with Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Director General Christophe De Kepper at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland) ahead of a two-day UCI Management Committee meeting which is also being held at the IOC HQ this week.
Earlier in the morning, President Bach visited the Professional Cycling Council (PCC) which was also meeting at the IOC headquarters.
UCI President Brian Cookson said: “I would like to thank President Bach for an extremely positive discussion covering a range of issues around the UCIs strategy to grow cycling globally. It was very useful to talk with him on the Olympic Agenda 2020 review and, in particular, discuss how cycling can play its role in those plans.
Among other things we believe cycling can be a big part of the IOC’s sustainability and legacy work by helping bid cities transform themselves into places where cycling is a preferred way of getting around, making those cities better places to exercise, live and work. ”
IOC President Bach stated: “The UCI informed me of all the measures they are taking to protect their sport from manipulation of any kind, in particular doping. And these efforts are indeed impressive. It was great to see all the stakeholders equally committed to the fight for clean athletes.
We also discussed the UCI’s contributions to Olympic Agenda 2020, which will be looked at in even greater detail by Working Groups beginning next week. We are thankful for their input.” —- By : Rob Fawdon