“You did not respect me, in Tokyo worse than a punch in the face” – OA Sport

“You did not respect me, in Tokyo worse than a punch in the face” – OA Sport
“You did not respect me, in Tokyo worse than a punch in the face” – OA Sport
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An outlet. It is not an easy time for Italian cycling in a general sense given what is happening in relation to the management of the Federciclismo from Cordiano Dagnoni. A great fuss has arisen and in these hours of great tension it is right to report a long and reasoned consideration of Davide Cassaniformer technical guide of the Italian movement.

The concepts expressed by Cassani in a long post on his Facebook page they express feelings of bitterness and disappointment in their relationship with the Federation’s No. 1. An attack dictated by the way in which their interaction was handled especially in correspondence with an important appointment such as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“Question by Pier Augusto Stagi to president Cordiano Dagnoni: What is your state of mind at this moment? �« Of great discouragement, because I now dedicate my whole life to this mission. You see that I am getting goosebumps, because I assure you that I put my heart and passion into it. In recent weeks I have received messages of solidarity from everyone, especially the technicians. Everyone is close to me and the results prove it and I swear to you that this thing really hurts me (and as he says it, the voice breaks with emotion, ed). I am putting passion and commitment, everything I have collected in my professional life and I do not find it right that it be judged for non-existent things, just because there is a design behind it that wants to discredit our work: this thing pains me extremely “, the bitter words of Cassani.

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“Today, reading the interview that Pier Augusto Stagi gave you, I went back to 12 months ago. It was a flash, a succession of images, memories, feelings, emotions that, even today, reject me in an infinite sadness. You, president, say: “now I dedicate my whole life to this mission” then again: “I put my heart and passion into it”
I spent 8 years in the federation, I gave my all to try to do something useful. I have never and I repeat NEVER thought of my work as a Source of income but, as you say, Cordiano, to a MISSION. This is not the time to list in detail what little good I have done for the federation without talking about the 4 Europeans and the two World Time Trials I won “, the underlining of the former coach of the national team on his work.

“I was massacred for the simple fact that I appeared on television with Enervit and Suzuki. But they were sponsors of the national team and why should I say no to the request of two of our sponsors? Was I doing something wrong? I have always tried to make the interest of the federation as I think you did. In spite of all this, I was kicked out of you. I am not referring to the non-renewal but to the way in which it happened. You took away from me the greatest joy a coach can have: sharing the victory of their boys. You knew very well that Marco Villa’s quartet would fight for gold and that’s why you made me calls from Roberto Amadio two days before my departure for Tokyo. Even today those words echo in my head: “Davide, you can’t stay in Tokyo for the track races because there is no pass for you”. That day if you had punched me in the face you would have hurt me a lot less. But maybe now you can understand what I felt in those days. You say that you put your heart and passion into it and you get goosebumps just thinking about it. Try to think what I felt in those days of August last year. Like you, I put my heart and passion but it wasn’t enough. Since this case broke out I have not opened my mouth, I have refused interviews but reading your words I could not resist “, Cassani’s revelations.

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“I think you are an honest person, I think you have nothing to do with those 106,000 euros but, perhaps because of others, you are now in the eye of the storm. For this I am sure that only now you can understand my state of mind of last year. And again, I didn’t feel offended at being replaced (your sacrosanct right) but the way you did it. When a person puts his heart, passion and honesty into the work he does he has the right to be respected, always. And you, respect for me, didn’t have it “, the closure.


Photo: LaPresse

The article is in Italian

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