Velonation as usual has done a great job of sorting out the Pat McQuaid nonsense. I really urge you to read this particular article.
In the article, Velonation has excerpts of Myles Dungan interviewing McQuaid for the RTE radio program “Today with Pat Kenny”. The most interesting part is this:
MD: Again to come back to this Article 51… ‘The candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate.’ The rules state ‘the’ federation of the candidate, not ‘a’ federation of the candidate. Surely you have got to make a decision what is your federation? And Morocco, let’s face it, Pat, is not your federation…
PMQ: Morocco is a federation I have close association with, close ties with. They have made me a member of their federation and they have nominated me for president.
MD: But it is not the federation of the candidate…
PMQ: But I don’t have any ‘the’ federation of the candidate. The fact is that I am the president of 175 federations. I left Ireland eight years ago so I have little or nothing to do with the Irish federation.
Of course, the first logical question is: If you have little or nothing to do with the Irish federation, why did you seek its nomination in the first place?
But the more exciting part is this: Pat McQuaid states here unequivocally that he doesn’t have ANY “the federation of the candidate”. Yet the rules clearly state, as even McQuaid agrees, that only “the federation of the candidate” can nominate a member.
Therefore, the conclusion has to be that NO federation can nominate McQuaid, since no federation is “THE federation of McQuaid”.
Expect McQuaid to withdraw from the UCI presidential race shortly.