Cycling head wants election cycle expanded

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President of the Antigua & Barbuda Cycling Federation (ABCF) Mervin Gore said he will seek to have the lifespan of his executive increased from a one-year to a four-year term.

Gore, who was unopposed during the Federation’s election held earlier this year, said it is unrealistic for any executive to achieve its mandate within a one-year cycle.

“We’re thinking that if we could have that amended in the constitution because in all fairness, you cannot be expected to achieve your goals within a one year term. So we’re thinking of going along the way of some of the other federations and have it run concurrently with the Olympic year,” he said.

Gore, also a cyclist, said since taking office his executive has faced a number of challenges. The biggest of all, he said, is just simply being able to effect change.

“The biggest challenge has been implementing some of the things that the executive wants us to achieve. It’s no easy feat but I think that if we collectively bring our ideas together then it is something that will be possible,” the president said.

“In all fairness to the executive, we approach this [issues at hand] with all hands on the table and so far, I cannot complain at all because everybody has been very co-operative,” he added. 

The new president said his elevation to the post initially came as a shock and that his time so far, has been a “learning curve”.

“I was a bit surprised because within the cycling fraternity people always have a lot of things to say so I figured somebody would want to take the mantle and give it a try, but it so happened that nobody really wanted the position,” Gore said.

“For me, honestly, it has been a steep learning curve and I did not anticipate some of the things. When you are on the outside looking in you always have a different [perspective] but however, when you are faced with a task you realise it is totally different to what you would have expected,” he added.

The federation continues its calendar of events on Sunday with an Individual Time Trial starting from the Mount Joy Service Station on Jonas Road.

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