Cycling seeks 6 new events at 2016 Rio Olympics

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Associated Press

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 5:06 AM

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union wants the IOC to add six medal events to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics program, including the restoration of track points races.

The UCI's proposal comes amid calls to scrap cycling's Olympics status after the Lance Armstrong case and criticism of the governing body's management of anti-doping measures.

The UCI says its management board supports restoring the individual points event, plus introducing BMX freestyle and mountain bike eliminator events. All three would have men's and women's races.

Cycling awarded 18 gold medals at last year's London Games, including 10 track, four road, and two each in BMX and mountain bike.

The mass-start points race was incorporated into the new omnium event after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Mountain bike eliminator sees racers compete in four-rider heats over a sprint course.

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