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SA’s Minnaar elected to UCI Athlete Commission


Three-time Downhill World Champion, Greg Minnaar, has been appointed as one of 13 members of the renewed International Cycling Union’s (UCI) Athlete Commission, representing the mountain bike discipline up until 2017.
The announcement means it’s been a great week for Minnaar after the Pietermaritzburg rider won his 17th World Cup event at Fort William in Scotland at the weekend and is again in European action in Leogang, Switzerland this weekend.
The UCI press release indicated that the 13 members hailed from four continents, with ‘Men-Women parity ensured for the four Olympic disciplines (road, track, mountain bike, BMX) and Para-cycling.’
For the first time, and in line with UCI President, Brian Cookson’s desire for openness and transparency, the members were elected directly by their peers. A Commission President will be appointed during its first meeting in the northern hemisphere autumn later this year.
The new Athlete Commission President will be co-opted onto the UCI Management Committee to ensure that the athletes are well represented.
The missions of the Athletes Commission are mainly to:
•    improve the training and competition conditions for athletes;
•    give riders the opportunity to have their say with the guarantee of being heard by the cycling family and its administration;
•    allow the UCI to receive riders’ opinions directly;
•    reinforce the links between current or recently-retired athletes and the UCI.
Cookson said: ‘I am very proud of this new step, which signifies a significant move forward in the representation of the athletes, and the achievement of a commitment that is important to me.
‘The athletes are the heart of our sport, and it was necessary to give them the place they deserve. This reinvigorated Athlete Commission corresponds with my concept of modern governance that is founded on dialogue and cooperation between the UCI and cycling’s main players.’

Picture of Minnaar at Fort William last week courtesy of Sven Martin