Italian region Veneto denies World Championships 2020 withdrawal
Mar 22 2018 04:11 am CET

Italian region Veneto denies World Championships 2020 withdrawal
Italian region Veneto denies World Championships 2020 withdrawal
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The organising committee of the 2020 Cycling World Championships in Veneto denies that it has withdrawn its bid, despite recent media coverage claiming the opposite.

Italian and foreign media had reported that the Italian region no longer wanted to host the event due to a lack of popular support, leading the UCI to ask the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe to be on stand-by for 2020 rather than their original target, 2023.

"As things stand currently the 2020 World Championships has in all effects been assigned, albeit sub-judice, to Veneto, as established by the UCI Managing Committee during the congress held in Bergen at the end of September, 2017, during the last iridescent series," the Veneto committee stated in a press release issued on Wednesday.

"The Veneto 2020 committee has in no way withdrawn from the World Championship race; on the contrary, we are continuing to work on the project with commitment and determination, pending the final deadline in June, when we expect to obtain the definite designation by completely meeting all the requests and guarantees prescribed by UCI protocol," it added.

The president of the Veneto 2020 committee, Claudio Pasqualin, affirmed that the organisation determined to host the World Championships.

"In response to recent revelations, I must emphasize that, during the 2017 event in Bergen, the 2020 World Championships were assigned to Italy on the basis of the project put together by our 2020 Veneto Committee," he said. "The project is centred on the pro race kicking off from Venice, with the various other events being held in the many cities of the region and the city of Vicenza hosting the final finish line for the tests. For our part, we are continuing to work with maximum commitment on all fronts."



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