PETALING JAYA: Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill has won a seat on the International Cycling Union (UCI) executive management board after a landslide victory in Bergen, Norway.
The vice-president of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) received 31 votes from 43 delegates representing the five continents – Europe, Africa, America, Oceania and Asia – for the 2017-2021 term.
He is the only candidate from the Asian continent to win in the UCI election.
David Lappartient of France became the new UCI president when he defeated Brian Cookson of Britain by 37-8.
Amarjit, who is also the treasurer of the Asian Cycling Confederation (ACC), said he was humbled by the huge victory.
“This victory is very meaningful to me and Malaysia, in particular, as it cements our status as a powerhouse of cycling in the eyes of the world.
“I am overwhelmed by the support given by five continents and this victory is very sweet as Malaysia did not have any representative in the UCI for the last 12 years.
“My father, Tan Sri Darshan Singh Gill, last occupied the UCI executive management seat from 1996 to 2005. I'm now following in my father’s footsteps,” said the Ipoh-born lawyer, who is also the ACC executive management board member.
Darshan was the president of ACC when he sat on the UCI board in the 1990s.