Pat McQuaid will bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) despite Swiss Cycling withdrawing its support.
The 63-year-old Irishman, who had
already lost his home federation's support,
now lives in Switzerland.
Who is Pat McQuaid?
5 September 1949, Dublin
- Cycling career:
1966-82, including Tour of Ireland victories in 1975 and 1976
- Banned from 1976 Olympics after racing in South Africa during the anti-apartheid sporting boycott
- Irish Cycling Federation president (1996-99)
- UCI president (2005-present)
McQuaid, who is backed by Thailand and Morocco, now needs the UCI to change its rules to allow candidates to stand with the nomination of two federations.
He said: "I'm standing as a candidate for re-election. That will not change."
British Cycling president Brian Cookson
wants to succeed McQuaid.
But in a statement McQuaid said: "I would remind Brian Cookson and his campaign supporters that the UCI congress will ultimately decide who should lead the UCI for the next four years.
"Federations all over the world want me to stand for re-election. I am calling on Brian Cookson and his campaign supporters to accept that and to put an end to their concerted attempts to refuse the congress a choice between two candidates."
The proposed amendment to the UCI constitution could face a legal challenge, but the governing body said legal opinion indicated the amendment was valid and would be incorporated.
Article 51.1 presently states that "the candidates for the presidency shall be nominated by the federation of the candidate".
The suggested new wording reads that candidates should be nominated by their federation or "two federations other than the federation of the candidate".
What now for McQuaid?
"Rejected by his home federation by birth, and now dropped by his home federation by residence, Pat McQuaid has failed to do the electoral equivalent of bringing his bike to the race: he has not been nominated.
"The Irishman is, of course, claiming to hold nominations from the Moroccan and Thai federations, but they require a change to the rulebook.
"Win that argument and he is back in the race. Lose and challenger Brian Cookson goes to the polls next month unopposed."
The UCI's lawyers thus argue that despite losing the backing of the Irish and Swiss federations, McQuaid's nomination is valid.
Cookson said in a statement: "It leaves Mr McQuaid in a very difficult position, particularly when viewed alongside his failure to receive a nomination from his own national federation as required under the constitution of the UCI.
"It also places further question marks against his other 'nominations' whose validity is in serious doubt and remain a matter of genuine concern to many in the cycling world.
"No attempts at manipulation and legal bluster can take away the doubts and questions."
McQuaid's nomination was scheduled to come before an arbitration board in Zurich on Thursday but that has now been cancelled.