David Cassani: Dear Cordiano, you did not respect me

The knot always comes to a head, and despite the circumstance a year ago, they hid from the public the intense discord within the FCI and in the relations between the new president. Cordiano d’AnioneIts staff is headed by the team manager Roberto Amadeo then CT David CassaniMany have understood and said the agonizing tears they experienced before and during the Tokyo Olympics.

Today, one year later, David Cassani is plagued by flashbacks that have prompted him to vent on his public Facebook page. A letter from the former Italian coach, leaving room for a few interpretations, is addressed to President Cordiano d’Agnoni who complained in an interview about the attacks he has received in recent days, stating that playing the number one role requires heart and passion. from FCI. Cassani could only remove some pebbles from his shoes, which led to the public revealing some details of his story that until now were known only to a close circle of friends. Here is David Cassani’s public message:

Today, after reading the interview given to you by Pier Augusto Stagi, you are back to 12 months ago. It was a flash, a succession of images, memories, feelings and emotions that, even today, reject me in infinite sadness. You, the chief, say: “Now I dedicate my whole life to this task” and then again: “I have put my heart and my passion into it.”

I spent 8 years in the union, did my best trying to do something useful. I never, ever thought of my work as a source of income, but as I said, Cordiano, for a mission. This is not the time to detail the good things you did for the federation without talking about 4 Europeans and the 2 world time trials you won.

I was slaughtered due to the fact that I appeared on TV with Enervit and Suzuki. But they were national team sponsors, and why would I say no to ordering two of our sponsors? Was I doing something wrong? I’ve always tried to make the union in the best interest of you, as I think you did. Despite all this, you were fired. I am not referring to non-renewal but to what it is

Event. It took from me the greatest joy a coach could have: to share the victory of their children. You knew very well that Marco Villa’s quartet would fight for gold and that’s why you called me from Roberto Amadeo two days before I left for Tokyo. Even today those words echo in my head: “David, you can’t stay in Tokyo for track races because there’s no lane for you.” On that day, if you had punched me in the face, you would have hurt me a lot less. But perhaps now you can understand what I felt in those days. You say you put your heart and your passion into it and you get goosebumps just thinking about it. Try to think about how you felt in those days in August last year. Like you, I put my heart and my passion but that wasn’t enough.


Since the outbreak of this case I have not opened my mouth and declined interviews but I could not resist reading your words.

I think you are an honest person, and I think it has nothing to do with you 106,000 euros, but maybe because of others, you are now in the center of the storm. That’s why I’m sure that only now you can understand my state of mind for the past year. And again, I was not offended that I replaced (your holy right) but in the way you did. When a person puts their heart, passion and honesty into the work they do, they are always entitled to be respected. And you, respect me, you do not have.