I am happy to announce the appointment of two independent experts to look at the issues that have arisen related to Rob Young’s attempt at the Trans-America run.
They are Professor Roger Pielke Jr of the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, and Professor Ross Tucker at the University of the Free State, South Africa. You can find out more about each of them here or via their respective blogs or websites.
As I said in my previous blog post, I want to get to the bottom of this. I do not come into the investigation with any pre-determined outcomes.
If Rob Young did the wrong thing – by the running community, SKINS and, ultimately, himself – then there will be consequences. If there are lessons to be learned, SKINS will learn them. If the claims made against Rob are not accurate, then we will know this too.
It is integral to SKINS as a brand, and me as an individual, that we uphold and promote the true spirit of competition. I’ve written many times about how this is not just a tag line or marketing message. It is who we are. It shapes what we do.
The allegations raised against Rob Young are serious and, if proven, go against everything we stand for.
What happens next is in the hands of Professors Pielke and Tucker. They will be conducting their investigation from now until the end of August. SKINS will publish their report and our response to it, including any action we take, by the end of September.
SKINS’ statement on the Pielke/Tucker investigation is here. You can also find links to the Terms of Reference for the investigation, along with the Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement from each of the investigators, and a copy of the contract between Rob Young and SKINS with commercially sensitive parts redacted.
You are invited to get in contact with Roger Pielke Jr or Ross Tucker and provide any information you wish as soon as possible as set out in the Terms of Reference. The central email to which they both have access is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to contribute.