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"Therefore if I do not get a confirmation that the commitment given by Mr Cookson will be honored before December 23rd 2015, I will immediately lodge another complaint against the UCI and its President."

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23.12.2015 @ 15:01 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The controversy between Hein Verbruggen and Brian Cookson is reaching its climax after it was reported that the parties had reached an agreement to end their legal battle after the investigation of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission CIRC. Yesterday Cookson called the agreement "null" as Verbruggen apparently had not respected his commitments. Tuttobiciweb is in possession of the letter that Verbruggen sent to members of the UCI Management Board in which the honorary president launches heavy accusations against the UCI and threatens to take legal action.


You can read the full letter here:


Dear Members of the UCI Management Board,
First I wish to thank those of you that have contacted me to offer their support in the difficult times I am going through as a result of the illness that hit me last summer.
I ask for your understanding however that your President, Mr. Cookson, leaves me with no alternatives but to address you once more. Please allow me to inform you of the situation:
1.     In my last correspondence to you, I informed you that I had lodged an official complaint at the level of the IOC Ethics Commission against Mr. Cookson. The main reason was his continuous harassment towards my person and in particular about my title as Honorary President; and this in spite of the fact that the CIRC report confirmed (after having wasted CHF 2.5 million) there was no complicity and/or bribery in the UCI’s fight against doping.
2.     My complaint at the IOC Ethics Commission (copy available upon request) has led the IOC to attempt a mediation between us.  Indeed and with the approval of the IOC President, a meeting between Mr. Cookson and myself was organized on July 8th 2015 by the IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Mrs. Pâquerette Girard Zappelli. This meeting resulted in an agreement signed by Mrs. Girard Zappelli, Mr Cookson and myself (I assume, as it concerns the UCI, that you have received copies from Mr Cookson).  
3.     I confirm I have strictly respected this agreement (in fact and for the sake of creating goodwill, I have even made further concessions thereafter which I was not obliged to make).
4.     Unfortunately, Mr. Cookson and thus the UCI has not honored its part of the agreement.
5.     Obviously this has led to several attempts of Mrs. Girard Zappelli to convince Mr. Cookson to respect the commitment he has made, but in vain. I leave it up to your own imagination to assess the reputational damage that Mr. Cookson’s attitude has caused at the level of the Olympic Movement.
6.     Please find also as an attachment, a mail that I sent to Mr. Cookson on September 2nd, 2015 enabling him to explain the situation to the MB in Richmond.  This mail gives detailed  information on the whole issue, including the fact that I had no alternative but to make costs in the rebuttal of the falsehoods, gaps and bias in the CIRC report (for evidence feel free to visit my site - I also suggested that the UCI should obtain compensation from the CIRC members. Do not forget that this CIRC was appointed by Mr. Cookson in collaboration with WADA; he should have known the likely subjectivity of its mission.
This mail is meant to give the MB-Members a full picture about the situation. It is once more a disappointing experience but I cannot accept that this agreement is not respected and executed.
Therefore if I do not get a confirmation that the commitment given by Mr Cookson will be honored before December 23rd 2015, I will immediately lodge another complaint against the UCI and its President at the level of the IOC Ethics Commission and reserve myself the right for other legal actions.
Sincere regards,
Hein Verbruggen



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