English Selection Criteria for Comm. Games

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Selection Criteria for England Commonwealth Games Team 2010

Story posted February 1; 2010;

This document outlines the selection criteria for the cycling component of Team England for the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The objective of the selection criteria is to ensure only the most competitive athletes are selected and that the maximum number of cycling medals are won.

The Commonwealth Games Council for England (CGCE) will need to be satisfied that all selections have real medal potential. The final number of cyclists selected will be dependant on the overall team size as determined by the CGCE. A selected Team England rider can be entered for any cycling event, not just the event they have been specifically selected for. The team size restriction will result in a significant amount of ‘doubling up’ in events.

All Team England selections will be discretionary and based on the professional judgement of the selection panel. The Team England Selection Panel will comprise British Cycling Coaching Staff and the Commonwealth Games Team Manager. The Selection Panel will be chaired by the Cycling Performance Director.  Additional expert guidance may be sought. The Team England Selection Panel will take full account of:

-- Race performances in the period 30th October 2009 to 15th August 2010
-- Specific nature of the Commonwealth Games courses (Road & TT)
-- The profile of riders selected to ensure optimal team composition for best results.
-- A rider’s current UCI World Ranking
-- Young competitive riders, with real medal potential, who would benefit from the experience of a Commonwealth Games and are considered medal prospects at Major Championship level in the near future.

Selected riders will be expected to comply with relevant anti doping rules these include UCI and UK anti doping rules(British Cycling Rules) both of which incorporate the ADAMS whereabouts system for notified riders who are on the National and /or International testing pools. Selected riders may be required to undergo physiological and/or medical assessment in the period between the selection date and the event. This will be to confirm fitness following injury, illness or a period of marked under-performance. All physiological assessment will be conducted at the National Cycling Centre by British Cycling Staff.

In addition, the CGCE reserve the right to require a medical examination by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) prior to Commonwealth competition. Should the CMO declare an athlete unfit to compete, the CGCE in its absolute discretion have the right to de-select the athlete. If a selected rider is unable to compete for any reason, substitute selections will be at the discretion of the Team England Selection Panel and the CGCE.

To take part in the Commonwealth Games as part of Team England, each rider shall:

-- Hold a valid international racing licence issued by a National Federation affiliated to the UCI.
-- Be at least 18 years old for track events, 19 years old for road and time trial events or reach this age in the year of the Commonwealth Games.
-- Satisfy the Commonwealth Games Eligibility Criteria to compete for England.

In accordance with UK Sport’s Doping Control strategy, their Doping Control Directorate will be provided with the dates and venues for all Team England activities and training sessions to assist with their anti-doping programme. All athletes selected for Team England must consent to random, out of competition drug testing.

All selections will be confirmed by 22nd August 2010. If clarification of any specific selection issue is required, please contact:

Commonwealth Games Team Manager, National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, M11 4DQ.

British Cycling operates a formal appeals procedure for challenging selection decisions which is available on request from the GB Cycling Team admin office.  The Appeals Procedure must be instigated within 3 calendar days of the final selection announcement being made.


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