During last March Annual General Congress of the Union Europeenne de Cyclisme 2017 in Brussels, Belguim, Joe Bajada, the Maltese Cycling Federation Secratary General and SportMalta coordinator for Gozo, was elected into an important office role within this European Union where now he forms part of the 15 delegates that will have the right that they vote on behalf of the 50 European countries that are affiliated members at the Annual General Congress for International Cycling that will happen this coming September in Bergen, Norway. Nominated for this election were 30 delegates from different Federations and Associates within the UEC. With these 15 also join 30 other delegates from four other confederations encompassing 136 countries members of one of the following ACC (Asia), COPAC (Pan America), CAC (Africa) and OCC ( Oceania).
Before the election, three delegates conceded their nomination. Joe Bajada was elected in the 9th seat, with a point total of 37 votes, only 5 votes less then first place, a remarkable achievement. Along with Bajada, Daniela Isetti (Italy), Thierry Marechal (Belgium), Umberto Langellotti (Monaco), Alejandro Martin Garcia (Spain), Peter Privara (Slovakia), Slavomir Svaboda (Czech Republic), Michel Callot (Franze), Delmino Albano M. Pereira (Portugal), Romualdas Bakutis (Lituania), Victoria Lesnikova (Russia), Farhad Aliyev (Ażerbaijan), Vladimiros Petsas (Greece), Eduard Carol NOVAK (Romania) and Vitali Zhmako (Belarus) were elected.
During this congress the French president David Lappartient had not been contested and therefore confirmed position. Other elections during this congress were elect six executives who are, Agata Lang (Poland) ViċePresident, Alexander Gusyatnikov (Russia) Viċe-President, Rocco Cattaneo (Switzerland) Viċe-President and Treasurer, and as Members Sahib Alakbarov (Ażerbajan), Henrik Jess JENSEN (Denmark) and Martin Wolf (Germany).
Surprised with these results, Joe Bajada thanked all the European countries that showed faith in him along with 14 other delegates in representing them during the highly anticipated congress of the UCI happening this September in Norway. John Zammit President of the Maltese Cycling Federation was also present during the same Congress in Brussels and was first to congratulate his collegue Joe Bajada. More good wishes came from lots of international delegates present at this event, and also from higher level officials of the UEC David Lappartinet u Enrico Della Casa, President and General Secratary respectively of the UEC.
Joe Bajada remarked that this success is not only personal, but a success for the Maltese Cycling Federation and also for Malta. He also added that this result reflects his hard work that above all was noted and appreciated on the international scene. He dedicated this success to all his family, and also to President John Zammit who like him has just tasted success in the National Sports Awards were John Zammit and Joe Bajada were honored respectively with the People’s Choice Award and Best Gozitan in Sports. He sincerely thank the trust UEC Officials and Federations Members showed him. Other thanks to the Malta Cycling Federation, Sport Malta, Gozo Sports Board and his family.