Inner Ring has been a great voice of reason, and one of the more outstanding cycling bloggers on the internet, but we’re concerned with the latest post, where Inner Ring hasn’t done appropriate homework.
Much has been said about the UCI Management Committee being in the dark on the Malaysian amendment to the constitution, and the fact the committee hasn’t “approved” its inclusion.
The rules haven’t been ignored by UCI staff, nor has the UCI staff in question operated in an unusual manner. The UCI Management Committee isn’t tasked with approving the inclusion of the agenda, but as Article 31 of the Constitution states, ”The agenda of the Congress shall be drawn up by the Management Committee.” This doesn’t mean they approve or vote on what is to be included in the Congressional agenda, merely they are the instrument which organizes the agenda.
Chapter 5 of the Constitution, beginning at Article 41, identifies the scope of the management committee. Nowhere does it state they approve the agenda, or determine the agenda. As it stands, the secretary general with the appropriate staff provides to the management committee what has been appropriately approved for inclusion on the agenda, as per the Constitution, and the UCI Management Committee drafts up the agenda.
Any other interpretation should be met with much skepticism, and agendaism (a new word due to the activities of the Cooksonistas).
This contentious election due to the efforts of Camp Cooksonista is creating massive misconceptions throughout an uneducated cycling media. Let’s hope Inner Ring does another read of the Constitution and informs the legions of Inner Ring readers of the facts, rather than conjecture by other media outlets.