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by Mark Zalewski
June 15, 2016
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Brent Copeland will be the manager of the new Bahrain team, according to a report in Gazzetta dello Sport. The controversial team backed by Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is currently at the center of human rights violation allegations, is looking to begin next season with Vincenzo Nibali as captain.
Courtesy: Team Lampre-Merida
The South African was previous part of the formation of the MTN-Qhubeka programme and is currently the manager for the Italian Lampre-Merida team. Previous reports said that the Bahrain project sought out a merger with the Italian squad, but that never came to fruition.
The Gazzetta report also suggested that Merida may part ways with Lampre and supply bikes to the new Bahrain team, but that the partnership has yet to be finalised.
According to a recent report in The Guardian, several organizations, including the Bahrain Institute for Human Rights and Democracy (BIRD), and the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), state that Prince Nasser is trying to use cycling to whitewash his past.
Many in the cycling world have called for the UCI to keep the project from moving forward with Nasser’s involvement.
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