Cycling champion upset at race postponement

Earlier this week we told you about the ongoing conflict in cycling which has resulted in the case moving to the legal arena. The Cycling Association and National Olympic Committee went ahead with elections it ruled had to be held after incumbent Cycling President Emil Moreno’s election was ruled wrong because ineligible persons participated. Moreno and his attorneys responded with an injunction on Olympic president Hilly Martinez. Now, the rump of the Association has charged that Moreno did not consult them on the issue and have struck back by postponing all cycling events under the Association until further notice, starting with the Annual Women’s Cross Country Cycling Classic to have been held on Sunday, May 19. In Belize City yesterday, defending champion Kaya Cattouse expressed her disappointment with the decision, as well as that of her fellow cyclists, to PLUS News.

Kaya Cattouse – Defending Champion:
vlcsnap-2013-05-17-19h45m36s92I mean I’m very disappointed, training for a race and a couple of days before the race getting to know that there will be no race. That is very disappointing.  We don’t really know if there is going to be one this year, because it’s postponed indefinitely.  Let’s hope it goes by quickly.

That may not happen any time soon, and Cattouse told us she believes that aside from the reputation of the sport, sponsorship for races has and will suffer as a result of the action of a few.

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