Rabat – The Management Committee of the International Cycling Union (UCI) named Moroccan Amina Lanaya as UCI’s Director General.
The Royal Moroccan Federation of Cycling (FRMC) indicated that the decision of the committee, ”affirms the willingness to implement the roadmap 2017-2021 of the UCI President David Lappartient tending to ensure an increased presence of women in the governing bodies of the union”.
The selection of Lanaya was made at a meeting held prior to the 2018 UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Valkenburg, Netherlands.
David Lappartient highlighted the work undertaken over the past few months by the members of the management committee. He also welcomed the first female president of the UCI Athletes Commission, Katerina Nash.
In the same meeting, Lappartient emphasized the significance of Lanay’s appointment. “Speaking of the growing influence of women in the management of our sport, I would also like to acknowledge the deserved appointment of Amina Lanaya to the position of director general,” he said.
This decision also aims to strengthen UCI’s administration, especially that the position requires an individual with considerable competency-based skills and a comprehensive knowledge of the cycling field.
Amina Lanaya is a lawyer by training and she holds a Master’s degree in Law.
After her practice in international law firms in Paris and Switzerland, she was recruited by the Cyclist Union more than 12 years ago.
Lanaya headed the UCI’s Legal Service and the College of Sports Arbitrators, before being appointed in 2013 as Deputy Director General of the UCI, a position she held until her new nomination.
The International Cycling Union, created in April 1900 and based in Aigle, Switzerland, is the world governing body for cycling sports and supervisor of international competitive cycling events.
For several decades, UCI has played a leading role in the internationalization of cycling in order to increase the sport’s popularity outside Europe.