UCI presents measures to face coronavirus effects on cycling
Apr 10 2020 03:08 am CET

UCI presents measures to face coronavirus effects on cycling
UCI presents measures to face coronavirus effects on cycling
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The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced the adoption of a series of measures to confront the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in the sport.

The cycling governing body has to suspend the cycling season until at least the first of June 2020 and has already received more than 650 request from race organisers in all disciplines for the postponement or cancellation of events over a period that currently extends until August.

This situation has forced the UCI to create a series of measures to deal with the challenges that the sport currently faces. One of the measures is that it will reimburse all calendar registration fees to organisers of cancelled events due to take place in the period during which the holding of events is fully restricted.

The UCI also created a working group along with the representatives of riders (CPA) and the teams (AIGCP) to focus on the impact of the crisis on the professional peloton. "The UCI and its partners have agreed on the framework that will enable teams facing serious financial difficulties to be able to take necessary measures, so they can continue in the context of the pandemic," said the UCI in a statement.

"With this temporary flexibility approved by the players of professional road cycling, our Federation wishes to support teams whose activities have been touched by the Covid-19, while maintaining the respect of the riders' rights and in accordance with the UCI Regulation. Further measures of support could be taken during the UCI's regular discussions with its partners, depending on the evolution of the situation."

The UCI is also following closely the situation for the World Championships in Aigle-Martigny (Switzerland) "even though these Championships would appear to be safe from the consequences of Covid-19 given their date (20-27 September)."

And the Federation also talked about the economic situation it is facing. "We need to anticipate both a possible postponement – to 2021 – of the payment of Olympic revenues initially expected in the second semester of 2020, and a probable reduction of the sum paid to the International Federations (IFs)," explained the statement.

"This amount enables the UCI to fulfil its development mission vis-à-vis its 196 National Federations throughout the Olympic cycle, via the UCI World Cycling Centre (WCC) and its Satellite Centres around the world. The UCI is one of the few IFs with this type of Centre and has trained some 120 athletes each year since 2002. We are following this question very closely and are in constant contact with the IOC as it currently examines the extra costs resulting from the postponement."

The UCI Management Committee also approved a cost-saving plan with the following principal points:

- The UCI's leaders (elected and Senior Management) have decided to reduce their salaries or allowances.
- Full or partial furlough – at different percentages – for all 130 employees of the UCI and UCI WCC.
- Freezing of recruitment for an undefined period.
- Total revision of projects and objectives that had been fixed for 2020 and following years, and those in progress.
- Resizing of solidarity projects for National Federations.
- Generalisation of virtual meetings for the Management Committee, UCI Commissions and seminars.
- Examination (in progress) of contracts of service providers at events, consultants and general providers.

"Our International Federation is going through a crisis that we haven't experienced since the Second World War," pointed out UCI President David Lappartient. "Inactivity is hitting athletes, teams, organisers, partners and the large majority of people and organisations that contribute to the vitality of our sport, across all its disciplines. The UCI, cycling's governing body, has not been spared, far from it. The postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the multiplication of postponements and cancellations of events on the UCI International Calendar, and the uncertainty that weighs on the second part of the season are having a large impact on our sport in general and our Federation in particular.

"It is time for the cycling family to rally and, as one, prepare our sport to recover from this health and economic crisis that it has been hit by. Each of us is called on to be united, responsible and strong. That is why the UCI has taken some drastic action that should enable it to weather the storm. These choices are difficult but necessary if we wish to rebuild cycling post-Covid-19."



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