UCI refuses to involve CAS in McQuaid dispute

UCI refuses American-led request to involve CAS in validating McQuaid's presidential bid

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Cycling Union says it has rejected an American-led request to let sports' highest court decide if President Pat McQuaid has a valid candidacy to stand for re-election.

USA Cycling proposed that the Court of Arbitration for Sport should clear up uncertainty over McQuaid's nomination to oppose British challenger Brian Cookson in a Sept. 27 poll.

The UCI says its executive board "ruled unanimously" that the annual congress of cycling federations should decide "rather than CAS."

McQuaid claims he has valid nominations from cycling bodies in Thailand and Morocco, where he is a member.

Federations in McQuaid's home country, Ireland, and Switzerland, where he lives, withdrew support.

The UCI says McQuaid, one of four executive board members, took no part in the decision.