In a string of press releases, interviews, and blogger projecting inaccurate information, opponents of Pat McQuaid are claiming victory after the Swiss “withdrew” their nomination.
The true influence of Jaimie Fuller and his actions in this campaign were revealed further yesterday as Antoine Vayer, the man famous for being a soigneur on the Festina team which started the public downfall of cycling, stated to Cyclingnews.com the litany of people they tried to convince to run. Daniel Baal, David Lappartient, Dick Pound, and even a serious request to Greg LeMond were some of the names lobbied to run against McQuaid.
They found their white knight in the form of Cookson. With Vayer saying there is no official support of Cookson with the group known as CCN, yet Vayer stating he personally supports Cookson, what can we make of Fuller’s comments and actions during this campaign? Like the United States or Russia before, CCN will sponsor any tin pot dictator in the making who will bow to their wishes.
History is full of leaders who were actually appreciated and loved by their people who were disposed by supposedly democratic coup d’etats. Salvador Allende, the rightfully elected president of Chile was one. As a declared Marxist, he became a target for the United States government and overthrown by a “democratic” Pinochet. We all know the history and actions of Pinochet.
The media played a key role in the Chile coup, and in cycling today the same game plan is happening. Inner Ring writes incorrectly McQuaid’s only hope is the Malaysian proposition. The UCI answered the questions surrounding his other nominations, and they are confirmed as valid, with UCI lawyers explaining this to their British Cycling counterparts. Other news agencies were roped into the narrative being spouted by Fuller as well, including Velonation, Velonews, Cyclingnews, and Inside the Games.
We asked the question two days ago, how did Fuller know, in advance of everyone else, McQuaid was losing the Swiss backing? Why did the Swiss president resign over the matter, calling the reversal a coup d’etat? Why have other two executive board members contacted by McQuaidVsCookson stated they were unaware and uninformed of the decision to reverse the support of McQuaid? Fuller has been engaging in activities he has been accusing McQuaid of in order to continue his hate campaign against one man, as the circumstantial evidence reveals.
The resignation of the president of Swiss Cycling is a startling decision, and it should demonstrate his resolve in the support of McQuaid. Cookson should be alarmed, because the majority of the cycling federations around the world still support McQuaid, and the declarations by him, Fuller, and recent comments by Igor Makarov only solidify this support.
Makarov came out in comments to Cyclingnews stating for the first time he supports Cookson for president. So what were his comments and actions before his declaration? Anti-McQuaid comments? Makarov’s support of Cookson is probably one of the worst kept secrets in this UCI election, as the Russian’s manipulation of the candidate has been painfully evident since his meeting with Cookson in Russia back in March.
Cyclingnews could be also guilty of fanning the flames by publishing an off-the-record comment from McQuaid were he makes an apparent derogatory comment in relation to Makarov’s nationality. Of course the Russians are known as those who love people from all walks of life and have a tolerance for different opinions, as their recent actions surely demonstrate.
What of the secret dossier of McQuaid corruption? Makarov refuses to answer this question, curiously.
One of the Swiss Executive board members, Jean-Pascal Depallens, confirmed to us that he was never consulted in the reversal of the McQuaid nomination. By the rules, he should have been, even though he is currently on holiday. How many other board members were on holiday? Coups usually come at such at time, distinctly for this reason. Absence emboldens the revolutionaries.
Depallens calls the move by a rogue element of the board “grave,” and even referred to it as a “putsch” which for a mild mannered member of the Swiss board is a pretty strong definition. He has spoken to the media about the situation, but will the media actually print his comments? We’ll see. Fuller’s open wallet just might close those media opportunities.
The decision by the minority of Swiss Cycling is a coup. Fuller’s actions in reference to the Swiss decision is his attempt to tamper with a democratic process for his own gain. Cookson’s comments on the Swiss situation put any opportunity for UCI Congressional support in a tenuous position.
The comments from Vayer, Makarov, and Cookson should show just how undemocratic McQuaid’s opponents are, and what they are willing to do to take control of the cycling federation for their own gains. While many feel McQuaid is an unpalatable choice, it would seem the other choice might be much worse for cycling indeed.