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by Shane Stokes
March 8, 2018
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Although there has been a momentum building to end the use of podium girls in racing, with several events confirming that they will stop the practice, UCI President David Lappartient has said that their use will be modified rather than curtailed.
Lappartient commented on the matter following suggestions that the Tour de France is considering ending the use of podium girls in its prize ceremonies, plus Formula One’s decision to scrap them. “The UCI is reconsidering its medal award ceremonies to ensure the protocol is respectful of all participants,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “We will set new guidelines, starting with UCI events such as World Championships, and disseminate them across all UCI registered events.
“The important thing is that it is respectful. I think we can have a mix. Sometimes I think it’s nice to have local women or men hand out the jerseys and the flowers in traditional costume from that area. Sometimes children maybe. What is important, I think, is that the costumes are not degrading in any way, and no one is being exploited.”
At last week’s world track championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, the podium hostesses wore UCI-branded uniforms.
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