Reported exclusively by Inside the Games editor-in-chief Duncan Mackay, a Brian Cookson PR staffer has been accused of offering inducements to Cyril Mangal, president of the St. Lucia Cycling Federation, in exchange for his support of Cookson.
The staffer in question, Pascale Schyns, a former UCI commissaire who quit in a huff over a disagreement with UCI president Pat McQuaid’s management of the organization, approached Mangal via Whatsapp. Schyns is accused of stating the following via Whatsapp to Mangal,
“I would like you to be on the right side after the election, so you are on the priority list of the Federations which would be helped.”
Mangal expresses outrage and concern over the tactics of Cookson and his staff. Mangal confirms the views of the majority of the national federations who have quietly begun to question the methods of Cookson and his camp. Many federations in Florence have expressed great concern about the pressure which has been applied to them to “fall in line” by elements of the Cookson campaign.
This latest incident confirms what this blog has been reporting since the start of the campaign. Cookson is not at all what he portrays himself to be. His alliance with Igor Makarov is certainly an indication of his intentions, and Mangel also criticizes the relationship between the two men.
There is more to the story, as whispers of intimidation, bullying, and potential levels of extortion with other individuals inside the Cookson public relations machine. More could be coming to light before the secret ballots are cast on Friday.
Read the excerpts from the letter Mangal sent to all national federation presidents recounting the incident and his outrage via Inside the Games and their exclusive.