Following the cancellation of the World Cycling Championships in Aigle and Martigny, the Swiss federal government has asked the UCI that the body reimburse the money collected for the event which was initially to take place in August.
Switzerland goes on the attack. While the World Cycling Championships were originally scheduled to take place in August in Aigle and Martigny, the coronavirus pandemic around the world has considerably changed the plans of the International Cycling Union (UCI). Indeed, because of this, the body finally decided to postpone the competition to the end of September (September 24-27) and to do it finally in Imola, Italy.
Then, the Swiss federal government and the cantons of Vaud and Valais are now asking the UCI, which has so far ignored the request, to be reimbursed the approximately 11 million euros (10.9 to be precise) that the organization touched on their part, according to the Swiss daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung. A sum collected to finance the 2020 Worlds and which therefore served no purpose, of which five million came directly from the Swiss Federal Council.
“This is an urgent question for us”
Faced with this complicated situation, a national advisor from Switzerland has since explained. ” It would be absurd for a world sports association to generate millions in public money profits after a World Championship which was ultimately canceled. We are trying to put pressure. This is an urgent matter for us. It is about tax money. We ask the UCI to immediately reimburse the money received, less any costs incurred, to the Federal Government, the cantons and the municipalities. “, Explained Aline Trede, interviewed by the newspaper. As a reminder, on the Imola circuit, it was the Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe who won at the finish and grabbed the rainbow jersey.
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