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Canadian Cyclist interviews Pat McQuaid — Part 5
I skipped the last two parts of this extended interview with the president of UCI because they didn’t have much to do with track cycling. But in this segment, McQuaid basically calls bullshit on Chris Hoy and Vicky Pendleton for whining about not being able to do the Commonwealth Games because they need the Olympic qualification points from the European Championships. He basically calls them whiny little brats and there’s no reason they can’t do both competitions. Pretty easy for him to say, right? But I guess he’s got a point.
If you haven’t seen the other segments from this interview, definitely check out Part 1 and Part 2.
Found on Canadian Cyclist.
Victoria Pendleton has just confirmed that she will be joining Chris Hoy at the European Championships instead of attending the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The reasoning is because the European Champs will count for 2012 Olympics qualification points. It must be a pretty tough decision to pass up the 3rd largest multi-sport event in the world.
Read a great article about Pendleton’s decision on Velodrome Shop.
The Olympics has to take precedence over everything.
— Sir Chris Hoy on opting to compete in the European Championships instead of the Commonwealth Games. As much as he wanted to do the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, European Champs are a qualifier for the 2012 Summer Olympics and that’s where his priorities are.
Obviously Hoy feels like he doesn’t have enough of these things:
Read the full article on BBC.
Can’t really understand what he’s saying but this is some footage from the inauguration ceremony for the 2010 Commonwealth Games Velodrome in New Delhi. Looks kind of… dull. I mean, shouldn’t they celebrate the opening of a new velodrome with some riding or something? Come on now, people.
The newly built velodrome at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex was inaugurated in New Delhi today.
The new velodrome has been constructed at the cost of Rs. 150 crore to suit the latest international requirements of track events for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
It is fully covered, air-conditioned and has a 250-metre long timber track with a seating capacity of 3800.
The entire stadium with its unique structural system, unique geometry of seating bowl, state-of-the-art electrical and mechanical services and marvelous architectural features, was constructed in a record time of 17 months by the Central Public Works Department.
The velodrome has been certified by UCI as a Category 1 Cycling Velodrome.
In his communication to the Sports Authority of India, UCI Vice President, Ray Godkin said: “The Delhi Velodrome is an absolutely marvelous facility of the highest standard and on completion probably would only be surpassed by the Beijing Olympic Velodrome.”
[Photo from Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images.]