Statement from SKINS:
The brand DNA of SKINS, integral to its core, is that it upholds and promotes the true spirit of competition. This is not a marketing message. It shapes everything about our business, including our corporate culture. It is woven into our contracts with sports teams and athletes. It also makes clear how we act.
When in 2010, Australian rugby league club Melbourne Storm was found to be systemically involved in salary cap fraud, SKINS was the first to stand up and terminate its contract with the club. It was not a popular position but it was the only decision to take if you believe in your core principles. In cycling, SKINS took up fight in the UCI Presidential election, calling out hypocrisy, nepotism and self-interested neglect. In football, SKINS campaigned directly against Sepp Blatter and the FIFA Executive, calling on FIFA sponsors (including Coca-Cola, Visa and McDonalds) to hold the body to account for corrupt activities and tacit endorsement of human slavery and degradation in Qatar.
There are no half measures when you apply and live by your principles.
SKINS applauds attempts by athletes to break records, to smash their best time, to be the best they can be. Recently, one such athlete was SKINS sponsored Rob Young, in his attempt to break the Trans America running record. Unfortunately, due to severe injuries suffered, approximately two thirds of the way through Rob was forced to retire. However, in his attempt, questions have been raised as to Rob’s conduct of whether he took unauthorised assistance during his run.
These are serious allegations. As such, SKINS has requested the assistance of eminent and respected professionals, Roger Pielke and Ross Tucker, to investigate the claims. The investigation will occur from 1 July 2016 and will conclude with findings being published on 30 September 2016. Terms of Reference have been drafted and can be read below. SKINS encourages all persons with information to contact the investigators at: firstname.lastname@example.org. A copy of Rob’s contract with SKINS and biographies are also available.
SKINS wishes to thank the Roger and Ross for their invaluable assistance in this process to establish the truth of the attempt to break the record of the Trans America run.
Roger Pielke Investigator Biographies Roger Pielke Jr. is professor and director of the Sports Governance Center at the Department of Athletics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Pielke has been on the faculty at CU-Boulder since 2001. Before that he was a staff scientist at the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Pielke has degrees in mathematics, public policy and political science, all from the University of Colorado. He has published hundreds of scientific papers on various topics of science and decision making (with a Google H-index of 50). His is the author of the forthcoming book, The Edge: The War Against Cheating and Corruption in the Cutthroat World of Elite Sports (2016, Roaring Forties Press).
Pielke is also the author of The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics (2007, Cambridge) and several other books. In recent years, Pielke has written extensively on FIFA governance and doping in international sport. He comments frequently in publications such as the Financial Times, Guardian, Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times.
Ross Tucker is a Professor of Exercise Physiology with the School of Medicine of the University of the Free State. He is also the scientific and research consultant to World Rugby, ambassador and scientific advisor to Virgin Active and Adidas. In the past, Tucker has consulted with a number of teams in high performance sport, including SA Sevens (including the 2009/2010 World Series winning team), SA Kayaking, SA Triathlon, USA triathlon and the UK Olympic Committee.
Tucker’s research interests include the physiology of East African runners, high performance culture, talent identification and management, the limits of human performance, and performance and wellness in companies. Tucker has also started up a company, Vivendi Wellness Pty Ltd, which audits and innovates corporate wellness and performance strategies.
In 2013, Tucker was named by Mail and Guardian in their list of Top 200 Influential Young South Africans, and by the Minister of Sport as one of the 100 Influential people in South African Sport. Tucker’s personal sports involvement lies in running 10km and half-marathons.
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