With embattled UCI president Pat McQuaid in an intense contest for his job against British challenger Brian Cookson, the cycling body's election rules are set to be changed. The International Cycling Union said it is preparing an amendment to its statutes, which could safeguard McQuaid's nomination for the presidential election. McQuaid is trying to secure a valid candidacy after his home Irish federation withdrew its support and a nomination from Switzerland, where he lives, is being legally challenged. The Malaysian federation now proposes changing the rules to allow any two UCI members worldwide, not just home federations, to nominate a candidate. Cookson's campaign described the proposal as "an embarrassment to cycling and a naked attempt to change the rules midway through the election." McQuaid's bid for a third four-year term is being waged against widespread attacks on the UCI and its credibility. Those intensified in fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping affair and continued revelations of an endemic culture of doping while the UCI was led by McQuaid's predecessor and mentor, Hein Verbruggen. Cookson promises to restore cycling's reputation and create an independent body running the anti-doping programme. With McQuaid needing a legitimate nomination to stand for election, he now has support from Thailand and Morocco, where he is a member of their national cycling bodies, the UCI said.