James frustrated by UCI decision

Eurosport - Mon, 09 Aug 16:43:00 2010

Cyclist Becky James has hit out at the sport's decision-makers after a recent rule change put a huge dent in her London 2012 glory bid.

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The UCI announced earlier this year that only one competitor or team per nation would be allowed to enter each event in the capital in two years' time.

So while the Laoshan Velodrome in Beijing saw Great Britain claimed a one-two in three separate disciplines, James will now be forced to usurp Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton if she is to be selected for the individual sprint - something which has left the Brit less than impressed with the powers-that-be.

"No one is impressed at all about the UCI's rulings," said James, who will face competition from Jessica Varnish and world BMX champion Shanaze Reade to partner Pendleton in the team sprint at London 2012. 

"Just because the GB team has done so well recently and at the Beijing Olympics - it's not really fair. 

"It should be that the best riders have the chance to win the medals, so if the best two riders are from GB then they should get gold and silver just as it would be if the same rider was from France or somewhere else.

"It means it is going to be a very tough challenge and a lot harder to get to London 2012, but what is meant to be will be.

"All I can do is train hard for it now and if I am good enough at the time when the team is picked then that will be great.  London is still a big aim of mine and everything between now and then is a stepping stone for that."

James announced herself on the world scene last year when she claimed double world junior gold and received a boost last week when she was named in the Wales squad for the Commonwealth Games in India.

The announcement capped off a busy few weeks for 18-year-old James, who has just moved up to Manchester to train full time with the GB under-23 squad.

James is the first to admit the last few weeks have been a shock to the system, but with a triple assault on the podium planned in Delhi she is not planning any rest days.

"It's great to have the chance to represent Wales as we don't get to do that very often," added James.  "I'll do the sprint, 500m and the keirin and so it is going to be a busy event but I am used to doing all three so it should be fine.

"The morning after I found out that I was going to the Commonwealths I already had butterflies in my stomach and was feeling really nervous and excited about it."

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