Wisbech Paralympian Jody Cundy hits out at the UCI for ‘embarrassing’ admin error

Winning medals is a regular thing for superstar Jody Cundy. Picture: CHRISTIAN PALMA/PA WIRE

Winning medals is a regular thing for superstar Jody Cundy. Picture: CHRISTIAN PALMA/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

Jody Cundy believes the UCI should be embarrassed for its part in cycling failing to make the initial Paralympic Games in 2020.

The sport’s governing body incredibly missed the deadline to register its interest in being part of the Tokyo extravaganza in six years time. And Cundy – a legend in the world of disability sport after winning a string of medals in the pool and on his bike – is absolutely furious about the paperwork error. The 35-year-old said: “Hopefully they’re embarrassed this has happened.

“When you hand in your homework late it isn’t great, but this is handing in your homework late on the biggest stage of all and it is pretty embarrassing for an international governing body. Hopefully it gives them a kick up the bum.”

A maximum of 23 sports will be included in Japan’s schedule with 16 already getting the nod on Tuesday. The UCI will have to wait until early next year to see if it will be included in the programme.

“The UCI look after so many disciplines - road, track, mountain bike, BMX and Para-cycling and when you look at the website, Para-cycling is at the bottom of the list and sadly that is how it feels sometimes,” Cundy, who had his right foot amputated at the age of three, also told the BBC Sport website.

“Road cycling and women’s cycling are on the way up but Para-cycling still seems to be stuck in the gutter.”

Wisbech-born Cundy, who now lives in Manchester, competed in three Paralympics as a swimmer, winning seven medals, including three golds. He switched to cycling in 2006 and won a couple of golds two years later at the Beijing Games and a bronze at London 2012.

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