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UCI president replaced on IOC panel

Jan 23, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

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Pat McQuaid, President of the International Cycling Union, has been replaced on an the IOC panel that will decide the host city for the 2020 Games, apparently because he’s too busy for the task.

“It’s quite simple,” McQuaid told The AP. “I have too much going on and I can’t afford to be spending two weeks away from the office in March.”

McQuaid’s replacement in exchange for Swiss IOC member and FIBA official Patrick Baumann comes at an inconvenient time when many wonder whether UCI officials were complicit in helping Lance Armstrong avoid detection during doping tests.

Notable: the Irish IOC official also lost his spot on the World Anti-Doping Agency executive committee late last year.

It also doesn’t help that Lance made hefty donations to the UCI while he was a competitor, but there’s no evidence to suggest that the governing body was involved in a cover up.

Regardless, we wouldn’t turn down a free trip to check out Madrid, Tokyo, and Istanbul. Eh?