Cycling New Zealand is disappointed that the world body UCI has turned down its request for an exemption for cyclist Dylan Kennett to compete in the Track Cycling World Championships in Poland next week.
The organisation had selected Kennett for the men’s endurance squad for the championships subject to an exemption to the rule that requires all riders to have competed in a World Cup during the season in the event(s) they wished to compete in.
Cycling New Zealand sought the exemption on 1 February from the UCI, once it selected the team, based on a knee injury which prevented Kennett competing in the World Cups in Cambridge and Hong Kong. The decision was sent to Cycling New Zealand today.
“We’ve done all we can to get Dylan included but the UCI has turned down the exemption request and their decision is final,” said Cycling New Zealand acting chief executive, Jacques Landry.
“We’ve been pushing the UCI for an answer before the team was to leave the country. It’s unfortunate that we only received it at the 11th hour. Even though Dylan had been apprised of his status from the onset, as well as our measures to make him eligible for competition, it is still disheartening when a rider cannot be part of a squad competing at the world championships in an Olympic event.”
Young Southland rider Corbin Strong, who competed in both Cambridge and Hong Kong World Cups, has been selected to take Kennett’s place in the team.