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USA Cycling and four other national governing bodies want the top sports court to settle a dispute before this month's presidential election of cycling's international ruling group.
At issue is whether current UCI President Pat McQuaid can go forward with his nominations from Thailand and Morocco and compete against British rival Brian Cookson in the Sept. 27 election.
McQuaid was unable to secure support from his home Irish federation or Switzerland, where he lives. That led to allegations that UCI staff amended election rules to allow any two member countries to propose a candidate and to apply it retroactively for the current vote.
Federations from the U.S., Russia, Finland, Canada and Algeria sent a letter sent Monday to UCI, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. The letter asks the Court of Arbitration for Sport to rule on which federations may submit a valid nomination for a prospective candidate.