Abu Samah takes exception to ACC elections
FORMER Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC) president Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab has complained of irregularities in the Asian body’s recent elections in Manama, Bahrain.
Among the irregularities are the appointments of five vice presidents which breached Article 15 (appointment of office bearers) of the ACC constitution.
Abu Samah, who is Cycling Association of Asean (ACA) president, said under Article 15, only four vice-presidents can be appointed by members of the ACC executive management committee.
“Article 15 states the vice presidents can only be elected by the ACC executive management committee that won at the elections which in this case, Malaysian representative Datuk Amarjit Singh is eligible for the appointment," he said.
Abu Samah said he had received many complaints, asking the Union Cycliste Internationale ethics committee to intervene as three of the four newly appointed vice presidents have no qualifications.
“I was informed that the new ACC appointments are from India, Thailand and Kazakhstan.
“I was also told that the Lebanese representative objected but it was not entertained by the new ACC leadership.”
Abu Samah has urged UCI president Brian Cookson to intervene in the matter in order to uphold integrity.
“They were advised but instead they chose to bend the rules, what's the use of the ACC constitutions and by-laws if they are not going to abide by it?” Farah Azharie
Datuk Abu Samah Abd Wahab