Thursday, December 10, 2009


RP riders barred from competing in Laos Manila Bulletin: "Joey Barba, set to defend the downhill event of mountain bike, and Scott Remie were not allowed to run in the practice session in the afternoon.

The development cost the Philippines at least two gold medals since aside from Barba, Remia Bitbit is also a defending champion.

Philcycling chairman Arnulfo Taberdo, who acted as team manager, was emotional as he narrated what transpired during the team manager’s meeting held in the morning.

Taberdo said he participated in the drawing of lots and had the impression that the team would be allowed to participate.

It was only during the release of the cyclists’ numbers when Taberdo was told to wait for UCI confirmation.
'They told me to wait for their call, so I went to the mountain bike venue and waited for the call,” Taberdo said.

The run session was scheduled 2:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., Taberdo again inquired and was told to wait until Tuesday night if the cyclists would be allowed to compete the next day.
Exasperated over the turn of events, Taberdo told a UCI official present to decide once and for all if the cyclists would be allowed to compete"...

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