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http://www.3wiresports.com/2013/10/17/how-to-read-ioc-news-releases/

The third: Arne Ljungqvist of Sweden, Gerhard Heiberg of Norway and Hein Verbruggen of Holland would continue in their roles as chairmen of the medical commission, marketing commission and Olympic Broadcasting Services until after Sochi 2014, again for the sake of continuity; their terms had been due to run at the end of the Buenos Aires meeting.

Things are definitely being reshuffled for Bach, but Hein's still Chairman of Olympic Broadcasting until after Sochi.
 
Oct 15, 2012
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Briant_Gumble said:
A summary in English would be greatly appreciated.

Although I can if neccessary wait till I read a summary in English on google news.
google translate will give you a decent flavour of it. It's fairly breathtaking - he borrows Lance's enough is enough line for starters! More or less challenges the new president, if you don't believe me, go to hell! Pretty sure this suggests he will not co-operate with the new T&R.

In other words, he's severely on the run.
 
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English translation via google in full - part 1 :

Dear President,

I am writing to report the truth about various aspects of my term as President of the UCI and to respond to a harsh media campaign against me.

I wrote to our President Pat McQuaid on June 1 last year to inform him of my decision to distance themselves from the world of sports, including cycling. After 38 years of dedication to the sport, now I want to enjoy retirement. The President took note and decided to respect my decision.

Firstly, I want to make it clear that I have never acted inappropriately and that my conscience is absolutely clean. With the benefit of hindsight, however, I admit that I could have done some things differently, but I do not accept that my integrity is in doubt, as has happened in recent months. As you all know, even if there is a President, decisions are made ​​collegially, as much by the Steering Committee by the Congress.

I had the honor of being president of the FICP from '84 to '91 with the following results:
- the introduction of new rules for the professional cycling;
- foundations for a system of social assistance for the professional runners
- strengthening the role of the Commissioners
- the creation of the World Cup and reorganization of the calendar to promote cycling in new countries. During my presidency of the UCI, Instead, we got these results: - unification of the three existing cycling federations: FIAC, FICP and UCI; - settling the finances of the UCI went from a deficit of 1.5 million Swiss francs in 1991 to a surplus of 13 million Swiss francs in 2005 - the creation of a staff UCI which went from 5 people located in three different locations in 1991, 75 in 2005; - Construction of a World Cycling Centre, an extraordinary resource for the globalization of our sport; - establishment of an Ethics Commission; - improvement of the position of cycling in the Olympic Movement.

DOPING.

During this period of intense transformation and development, we have never lost sight of the fight against doping, which is a problem for our sport since the early nineteenth century. If I gave credit for all that has been done during my tenure as President, I would end up ignoring the enormous contribution and all the work done by a large number of people. Among them, of course, the men who helped to pave the way in the fight against doping, ie the members of our Commission, with people like former Vice President Werner Goehner, Professor Manfred Doenicke, Dr. Leon and Dr. Schattenberg Alain Calvez. The fact that journalists and self-proclaimed "social media commentators" attack without understanding the UCI that are attacking the integrity of those who paved the way in the fight against doping and enjoys an impeccable reputation, it is frustrating for me and unacceptable.

I have much to say on the subject, but I prefer to let the facts speak for themselves. Many of the charges leveled against the UCI and against me on this topic have already been answered and I will not go back. In March 2002, Festina affair in the light of the Court of Appeal of Douai, after a thorough investigation and in accordance with the opinion of the public prosecutor, concluded that the UCI has done everything in its power to combat doping account. Evidently, this ruling speaks for itself and for me is more important than the supposed scoop of editors of websites or comments and opinions beds on Twitter and other forums.

WADA has always recognized the UCI work in this field: the Olympic Games in London , the Director General David Howman of Wada has confirmed to me personally that the UCI is one of two International Federations that brought forth more vigorously fight against doping. those who seek a more balanced view of past events suggest you read the book Who still believes in cycling? the Belgian journalist Hans Vandeweghe.

I repeat: I have never acted inappropriately and I have a clear conscience. No facts, no evidence contradict this truth. I refuse to engage in a debate silly and stoop to the level of those who criticize me and believe that I have to prove my innocence: in fact they are the ones who can not prove that I have done something wrong. I'm exasperated and tired of this endless chain of journalists who delight to fuel conspiracy theories, disguising themselves as "investigative journalists" to sell their latest book or inflate their egos or their careers.

FINANCE.

A few words on the finances of the UCI. As I said before, I found the UCI in 1999 with a net debt of about 1.5 million Swiss francs. From the day I took office, I organized a transparent financial and accounting system, I hired accountants and called as an expert J.-P. Strebel to supervise their work. During my presidency, we never received criticism about our finances nor by national associations or by the Congress.

In a recent letter, a national federation asked (someone might think it was a joke ...) additional information on payments received by me . Let me be absolutely clear: I worked nearly full-time for the UCI and I never received a salary or a salary as President. I've been partly offset by the considerable increase in the cost of living that I have argued in relocate to Switzerland . Any analysis of my expense reports reveal that these adjustments were reasonable and modest. I have never accepted or received any commission or other payment related to my role as President.
 
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And part II (these are provided simply as translations, the orignal article is linked below)

ARMSTRONG.

Much has been said and written about my "friendship" with Lance Armstrong. And forgive those who think that it has never been photographed with other runners who were not Armstrong. The thousands of photographs that portray me with other athletes seem to be, by strange coincidence, all disappeared.

Allow me once again to be very clear. I've never been a "friend" of Lance Armstrong or other riders or team manager. The only rider who has ever come to my house was Greg Lemond, who with his father came to me for help because his employer is not paying him his salary.

I never said that Lance Armstrong has never doped : I just said, so that everyone could understand, that Armstrong has never tested positive. The fact that it is never tested positive for the UCI nor the French control authorities, nor by the USADA, nor WADA, or with any other organization makes ridiculous accusations of "coverage" that have been leveled against me. UCI has never protected Armstrong.

Any decision on Armstrong and any other racer has been taken in accordance with established facts and scientific means available at that time. UCI The position on the trail of corticosteroids in its champions in the Tour de France 1999, the file relating to its champions of the Tour de Suisse 2001 it was already clarified. I will not waste your time to repeat what has been said over the years.

I recently wrote to Lance Armstrong to express the disgust aroused in me the cynical game he plays, refusing to make a public statement to refute the allegations made ​​by his fellow team, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, who had said that they had nothing to fear if they were positive results, because he could not ask the UCI to take matters and cover their positivity. From what I understand by reading their testimonies, Armstrong had told them to be positive, even though no evidence of positivity has never been produced. Landis and Hamilton If they are right, I can only assume that the objective of Armstrong was to convince both of them that had tested positive and had managed to remove tests to assure them that he could do it again, even for them.

When these allegations were published for the first time, I wrote an email to Armstrong, I asked him if he had made ​​those statements to his teammates, stressing the seriousness of his words and the damage it would cause to the UCI, my integrity and my reputation and the anti-doping laboratory in Lausanne. Armstrong me immediately replied: "I have never been found positive, so I do not see why I should "invent" stories like this, it would be a really stupid idea. It is 100% false. " The fact that Armstrong has chosen not to respond to my recent letter and not to speak publicly about what he wrote in his e-mail in June 2011, it is really very painful.

I wonder, given the Their testimonies, like his teammates - who have revealed a deep knowledge of anti-doping rules and procedures - it was apparently so naive as to never try to ask him what he meant by "fix" things by anti-doping agencies like WADA USADA, AFLD, etc.. Let us not lose sight, then, the fact that Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, who are now applauded for their courage, have been exposed and sanctioned by the UCI. And without the UCI their deception would never have emerged.

With the benefit of hindsight, and in light of the confession of Armstrong, I admit that it would have been wiser not to accept donations on his part. The UCI has clearly accepted the donation in good faith to finance its fight against doping. There is no relationship between the test and the two donations to the UCI Armstrong: Armstrong has never tested positive, there has never been any positive test to hide.

COMMISSION.

I have tried in this letter, to restore the truth, not having had the opportunity to do so before the Independent Commission that the UCI was forced to stop and that he had a mandate to carry out an investigation into doping in cycling and the UCI management.

I've never been afraid to defend my name and my reputation in court: I have never lost a case. I invite you to seriously question how I could do it, if I had something to hide.

There comes a time when enough is enough. I reached this point. If, after reading this mine, you will continue to doubt my role in UCI, much worse. I will not do anything to make you change your mind. Starting today, these problems do not concern me more and, despite what has happened over the last year, it is with a sense of pride and satisfaction that I look back at everything I've done paying my service to cycling in a voluntary. cherish in their hearts the many personal friendships that I got this sport and I am deeply grateful for the friendship and support I received during the last year.

Sincerely, Hein Verbruggen
http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?page=news&cod=63178&tp=n
 
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What will happen if his testimony is found to be substantially true? For those of you that were not paying attention all the time he was UCI president his resume is accurate and I think his perspective represents events as they were reported in real time. Certainly Armstrong's so called swiss positive was reported much as HV portrays it. The protection by Hein angle to the story is recent. I certainly read with surprise that LA went to see that doctor about his HC way back in 1999. How that change to protection LA 11 or 12 years later?
 
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thehog said:
Straight from Hitler's bunker! :rolleyes:
reminds me of an apt story from WWII

A german was asked how he knew, despite heavy state censorship bt he nazis, that they Germans were losing the war.

"Because the glorious victories of the Wermacht on the radio kept getting closer to Berlin" he responds

Hein is now defending himself from accusations he wouldn't have bothered his head with. the tone of the letter suggests he's not been warmly received by Cookson. The 'glorious victories' are getting closer...
 
martinvickers said:
reminds me of an apt story from WWII

A german was asked how he knew, despite heavy state censorship bt he nazis, that they Germans were losing the war.

"Because the glorious victories of the Wermacht on the radio kept getting closer to Berlin" he responds

Hein is now defending himself from accusations he wouldn't have bothered his head with. the tone of the letter suggests he's not been warmly received by Cookson. The 'glorious victories' are getting closer...
Good story that one.

I've read some of Beevor's books on the War (well one!) but they are hard going to get through. I'd imagine you chewed through them all?!

What I always find odd about Hein's fondness of Lance is Hein is old Europe.

Not the sort of guy that would make friends with an arrogant American.

I guess the money spoke.
 
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I just wonder will we hear in the future more substance to Julian de Vries comments to Kathy Lemond that he heard Nike paid Verbruggen $500,000 in the aftermath of this.
 
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del1962 said:
So Armstong claims backdated TUE was Hein's idea, over to you Hein.
Not sure that specific story is believable. But others maybe.

If this was true, wasn't Lance doing Hein a favor?......then why pay 100K down the road for helping Hein out?
 
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del1962 said:
Of course, Lance could be lying here aswell.
Emma might corroborate...
Lance got life, all his buddies 6 months of off-season, and Hein got nothing. Of course Lance wants his blood and shame. Hein is like the Dad that left him. Under the bus with Hein!

Strange how Emma et al are so eager to join in Lance's media trip. Is he paying? We have just learned that these people could not be bought. Would he be re-routing donations maybe? I might be persuaded to something despicable if a milion of LS money were re-routed to a true charity close to my heart. When pro choice charities are a viable LS recipient in times of need, what isn't?
 
Cloxxki said:
Emma might corroborate...
Lance got life, all his buddies 6 months of off-season, and Hein got nothing. Of course Lance wants his blood and shame. Hein is like the Dad that left him. Under the bus with Hein!

Strange how Emma et al are so eager to join in Lance's media trip. Is he paying? We have just learned that these people could not be bought. Would he be re-routing donations maybe? I might be persuaded to something despicable if a milion of LS money were re-routed to a true charity close to my heart. When pro choice charities are a viable LS recipient in times of need, what isn't?
She paid with her own money. And David Walsh didn't get the exclusive!

I understand her position. I think some people just want closure and to move on. She was only 1999 and 2005 SCA.

I think he wanted to put it to bed and move on with her life. Makes good sense. She doesn't want to fight any more.

She's an angel and deserves her peace.
 
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del1962 said:
So Armstong claims backdated TUE was Hein's idea, over to you Hein.
I don't think Lance said that.

Lance claimed that Hein said "We have to do something", and then "we backdated the TUE".

I think Hein told them they had a problem, but Postal came up with the backdated TUE, and Hein accepted it.

Publicly Hein can still pretend to be morally impeachable. He'll say something like "I demanded an explanation, and I got one.". As long as no one discusses the fact that you have to present the TUE up front, he technically didn't do anything wrong.
 
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Wonder will Armstrong manage to take down half IOC with Hein or will IOC throw Hein under the bus to stop extra leakage..........
 
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Cloxxki said:
Emma might corroborate...
Lance got life, all his buddies 6 months of off-season, and Hein got nothing. Of course Lance wants his blood and shame. Hein is like the Dad that left him. Under the bus with Hein!

Strange how Emma et al are so eager to join in Lance's media trip. Is he paying? We have just learned that these people could not be bought. Would he be re-routing donations maybe? I might be persuaded to something despicable if a milion of LS money were re-routed to a true charity close to my heart. When pro choice charities are a viable LS recipient in times of need, what isn't?
I read the interview as her problem/focus is at the DS-and-above level enabling the doping of the athletes. In this sense, she gives Wonderboy a break.

The guy outs Carmichael again and outs Hein for sure this time. It seems like he's protecting his pal Thom Wiesel and Co.

It seems to me he's setting up for "saving" cycling by blaming it all on Hein when his backer Thom Wiesel was as important figure.

Not sure how Cookson will excuse himself or the rest of the management committee he came from for all the doping under their watch, but that won't be too hard.

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Benotti,

Bach will pretend it was "bad old Hein" and the IOC is otherwise pure. I don't think Bach will eject cycling, because it's a high-revenue sport for the IOC. Publicly, Bach has given Armstrong no room to return.
 
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DirtyWorks said:
I read the interview as her problem/focus is at the DS-and-above level enabling the doping of the athletes. In this sense, she gives Wonderboy a break.

The guy outs Carmichael again and outs Hein for sure this time. It seems like he's protecting his pal Thom Wiesel and Co.

It seems to me he's setting up for "saving" cycling by blaming it all on Hein when his backer Thom Wiesel was as important figure.

Not sure how Cookson will excuse himself or the rest of the management committee he came from for all the doping under their watch, but that won't be too hard.

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Benotti,

Bach will pretend it was "bad old Hein" and the IOC is otherwise pure. I don't think Bach will eject cycling, because it's a high-revenue sport for the IOC. Publicly, Bach has given Armstrong no room to return.

If Hein wants to remain in IOC, but they find him too toxic he might just take others down.....well that is the hope.
 
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Benotti69 said:
If Hein wants to remain in IOC, but they find him too toxic he might just take others down.....well that is the hope.
Yes.... That would be fascinating stuff as he has incriminated himself many, many times over.

For the casual reader, judging by what's publicly available, Hein's retired from the UCI. Is he really though? <shrug> He's got some kind of permanent title at the UCI. He's out of the IOC's version of the x-games, SportAccord. As soon as Sochi is over, it's understood he's no longer in charge of Olympic Broadcast Services.

With new leadership at the IOC he doesn't have many friends. This is a great opportunity for Cookson to do a Captain Renault about Pat and Hein's activities.
 

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